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The Leader as Coach: How the Best Leaders Develop Others


How to unleash innovation, energy, and commitment 

"While all high performing leaders care about their teams, what sets the leader-coach apart is their genuine interest in the growth and development of the individual members of their team. The leader-coach works to help team members identify their strengths, weaknesses, and professional goals. He or she challenges team members by providing them with assignments and tasks in their areas of interest, that stretch them professionally and personally, causing them to grow and develop in the work. All along the way, the leader-coach walks alongside the individual, encouraging them and celebrating in their success."










Why is coaching important in the workplace?

Coaching is important in the workplace because of how it benefits employees. Having a mentor to coach employees can improve their performance and increase job satisfaction. Here are other ways coaching employees can help:

Affects employee performance

Coaching can teach employees new skills for success and help them improve productivity at work. Having a manager that is a coach can make them more approachable, so when employees need help they may feel more comfortable going to their coach. This can help improve employee performance which ultimately benefits the success of the company.

Helps achieve goals

A coach can help create personal goals for each employee, which considers each employee's skills and job role. Specific goals can lead to greater success because coaches design these goals carefully and they are more attainable and measurable when goals involve fewer people.

Promotes teamwork

Coaching encourages collaboration between employees and promotes and strengthens teamwork. This leads to high efficiency and greater productivity because employees work together.

Establishes open communication

When managers coach their employees, this establishes an open channel of communication between them. Coaching can also help build relationships between employees, which improves the work environment and makes the workplace more enjoyable for everyone.

Teaches employees problem-solving skills

One goal of coaching is to teach employees problem-solving skills so that they can better help themselves and perform their job tasks independently. Coaches help employees develop problem-solving skills by introducing processes and strategies to find a resolution.


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