Leadership coaching is flexible and individualized, ensures a mutual understanding of goals and objectives, and uses objective statements and standards in order to measure performance. Effective coaching means ongoing and consistent communication, using strategies such as reflection, paraphrasing and “I” statements. Once a plan is developed, the coach is there to help the leader to execute. Plan execution means understanding the mission and values of the organization and how they relate to the leader’s role. Coaches help with alternative solutions in the event the original plan does not unfold as expected. The coach has check points along the way to follow-up in a formal way with the leader.
The most effective coaches listen, observe, and can customize an approach to an individual leader’s needs. A good leadership coach assumes about their leader (until proven otherwise): they are capable people with natural inborn strengths, they are resourceful and able to navigate their own lives, they are whole people whose weaknesses are only underdeveloped strengths, they are trustworthy people with good intentions, and they want to learn, to grow and be successful in their existing or new leadership role. This session will define leadership coaching and discuss how to work with a leadership coach.
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