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Coaching Skills Executive Managers

Coaching for executive managers: what experts say
We hear a lot about coaching these days. More and more professionals have an executive coach. 

  • ICF Executive Director Magda Mook says, “The trend is very real. There’s a growing number of leaders and managers eager to adopt a coaching style to their work environment. More and more companies and organizations are providing this kind of training to their best performers.”
  • Executive Coach Ora Shtull, Founder of OraCoaching: “To go from good to great, every manager need only adopt a coach’s #1 tool: the question. A leader who reduces the need to be the smartest in the room and have all the answers will motivate her team, win allies, and create the capacity to grow personally. A question can open a conversation: What’s going on? It can dig deeper: Tell me more. I’d like to better understand. A smart question will seek perspective: What is your view on this? A savvy question can also show trust and encourage growth: How might you solve this problem?”
  • Kara Exner, Founder of Nine Lions Coaching says: “Notice if your own tendency is to rush straight to finding a solution for your team member or to fixing their problem for them. Leaders who invest the time asking questions to foster a team member’s self-discovery see a bigger payoff:
    • Instead of responding with a quick answer and sending direct reports on their way, try leading with a question: “What do YOU think some options are?”  “What would YOU do?”  “What are the pros and cons of each option?”
    • Observe the situation with your team members; they may be seeing a situation from only one point of view. Ask questions that help them to see other alternatives.
    • Ask questions to increase their awareness of their goals and to help them discover what is important to them about achieving their goals”.
  • From Shira Ronen, Founder of Spectrum Consulting: “The best tip I have for managers is to embrace the mantra, “When in doubt, communicate.” Adopting a coaching style of leadership is all about communicating better and more. It leads to high motivation, productive delegation, and trust. The trick to communicating better is asking open-ended questions and truly listening to the answers.”
  • Karen Tweedie PCC, a Partner in Access Leadership Australia continues the theme of communications. She says “Better conversations mean better relationships, which lead to better output.” Below are a few of her tips to help the coaching leader support direct reports or other key stakeholders:
    • See yourself as a thought partner, listen for potential (of people and ideas)
    • Keep your questions open-ended (be willing to be surprised)
    • Encourage self-discovery (encourage colleagues to find their own answers to their own challenges)
    • Put your attention on the person in front of you, not the issue
    • Expect that the person is capable of discerning the best approach
    • Empower the other person to succeed – remove obstacles, provide resources
    • Maintain accountability, celebrate effort and results
    • If you are looking for a meaningful way to enhance your leadership skills, put the wisdom of top coaches into action.

From: Forbes, Oct 27 2015