What happens when we lead but don't coach?
What happens when we coach but don't manage?
The intricacies of what being a leadership looks like can feel overwhelming and daunting. We have so much information at our fingertips, but so little time to process this idea of leadership before we are in the fire and need to put our theories to practice.
But let's break it down.
What does happen if we attempt leading but not coaching?
Okay, before we have that conversation, let's define some of the leadership hats that today's leaders are wearing.
• Managing – Providing clear, concise instructions for outcomes, deliverables and due dates to your team
• Leading – Providing inspiration and encouraging the team towards a vision
• Mentoring – Providing a role model which a member of the team can aspire to being
• Coaching – Providing a focus for growth for new competencies, qualities and being a team member
So if we, as the leader, are casting the vision (that's amazing, do it!), but fail to coach our teams, it means they will be behind, not able to keep up with the vision.
It's a good idea without the know-how.
So much of being a leader means knowing what hat to put on in what moment.
Is this the moment I should be managing my team and giving them clear, specific instructions?
Is this the moment to be casting the vision and inspiring them?
Or is this the moment to coaching them and watch them take risks, grow, and bring new ideas to the table.
As leaders we face these questions every single day.
So why is coaching so important?
Because it's a space to see our people grow and develop into the fullest of their potential and their strength.