The sixth step to becoming a coaching leader is to master your coaching disciplines. A discipline, by definition, is an activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill. It is the consistent behaviors done over time that help us achieve our goals or desired end result. Each of us is a product of our current disciplines. Whatever you choose to spend the hours and minutes of your day doing will determine your level of effectiveness as a coaching leader. For this reason you must choose wisely which activities you are going to focus on each day.
The fifth step in becoming a coaching leader is to Sharpen Your Coaching Skills. When I speak to audiences in my Becoming a Coaching Leader Workshop, I coach them through 10 key skills that exceptional coaches have mastered. Today, I want to go deep with you on four of the ten that I believe are absolutely essential to master.
The fourth step in becoming a coaching leader is to share your coaching vision. This can be a scary step to take because you are sharing a part of your personal vision with others and you don’t know how they will respond. Will they want to be coached? Will they trust me to coach them? Don’t let these fears deter you from taking this critical step. Sharing your vision will have a significant impact on the overall success of you creating a coaching culture within your organization.
The third step in becoming a coaching leader is to develop your coaching tools. The purpose of coaching tools is two-fold. First, they should help bring clarity and action to your client’s thinking, priorities, and goals. Second, they should also help you set expectations and provide a framework from which to deliver a great coaching experience.
The second step in becoming a coaching leader is to create your coaching systems. These systems should help you deliver coaching with excellence while supporting your efforts to provide a great coaching experience. Without the right systems in place, you may find yourself distracted, disorganized, and unprepared for you coaching sessions.
The first step in becoming a coaching leader is to cast your coaching vision. A coaching vision is different than your team or organization’s vision in that it is much more personal and is a deeper explanation of your leadership style and philosophy.
I believe one-on-one coaching is one of the most important disciplines you can adopt into your leadership style. I’ve seen coaching improve both top and bottom line results in organizations, as well as foster cultures of accountability. I've personally witnessed coaching lead directly to higher productivity and greater job satisfaction for employees. In a nutshell, I believe coaching is the answer to one of the most important questions in business today, “How do I focus on improving both people and results in my organization?”