Filtering by Tag: coaching vs. managing
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.
Leadership is about growing other leaders, setting the culture, showing the way.
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.
We will definite coaching as follows: Coaching – Providing a focus for growth for new competencies, qualities and being a team member.
Coaching – Providing a focus for growth for new competencies, qualities and being a team member
While COACHING is a huge buzzword in today's leadership circles, there are several reasons why we don't immediately jump on board with the idea of coaching our teams.
Why we might shy away from coaching:
We don’t feel like we have the time. This is the number 1 reason I hear from leaders and managers.
We’ve been disappointed by teammate performance in the past. It's hard to "get back on that horse" when experience has taught us that it's only going to happen again.
We don’t know how. While it is widely thrown is as a skill to use, so many of us have never been taught or coached into leadership positions ourselves. We climbed the leader ladder by hard work and ingenuity.
It is hard. Coaching takes an excessive amount of time, commitment and patience. It doesn't feel good.
We are afraid of coaching ourselves out of a job. Job security is a real fear for so many people who truly believe that if they teach everything they know to their teammates, they will no longer have a job.
Now that we've addressed some of these things, we'll continue talking about them more in depth in the coming weeks and months.