Being a leader means defining and exhibiting moral and ethical courage and setting an example for everyone. It means being able to motivate a group of people toward achieving a common goal. Somehow, it teaches leadership skills.
A successful coach is interactively teaching people to follow their instincts. It is not telling the person you are coaching, that you are the sole owner of the right solution and that they must blindly follow you. It is instead teaching them to get in touch with their own potential and learn to get there themselves.
Coaches equip people with this ability instead of asking them to submit.
How can a coach help?
A coach helps his coachee to solve their own issues in their own way, not solve it for them.
One way to do it is bringing out their qualities.
In order to effectively help people and solve their own problems, removing fear and separating ourselves from anxious self-talk is necessary. Once the barrier is removed, the coach can efficiently support the individual’s learning process and consequently their overall performance. It is empowering the coachee to free himself from the distraction that inner dialogues can cause.
A successful coach will help people identify their goals if they aren’t already aware of them. One way to do this is taking some time to think over goals and write them down.
A way to do it in Agile or scrum is to ask the team to think on this and write down three goals for the sprint and to check in on the status of the goals each week, reviewing and revising as time goes on. At the end of the sprint, the goals can then be reviewed again and given an assessment.
To help someone reach his full potential, he must be aware of potential obstacles to success.
This means assessing realistically, paying attention to the places they have fallen short in the past and developing strategies for overcoming similar problems in the future.
As a coach, when you see a team member making a mistake, you should be able to ask the right questions to call attention and inspire creative solutions.
Being a good coach means you know what to do to achieve the goals of your team. A coach helps the team members identify meaningful, personalized goals and assigns specific behaviors to achieve them. The coach is there to guide and inspire and helps to clarify concrete ways to measure success and maintain motivation. The coach is also there to hold the members of the team accountable.
Yet, a great coach is not obsessed with only results. The coach should realize that he is dealing with real human beings, thus there is no perfect set of steps, it requires different steps and strategies based on their individual skills, abilities, and needs.
A great leader cannot forget to combine the purpose and the results of coaching to the overall goals. This means they must be aware of what they’re and care enough to adjust courses of action accordingly based on people and their needs.
They must keep asking themselves where this is headed, what skills are needed to get there, and always be wondering how they can improve their own leadership techniques.
This involves setting strategic leadership goals and ways to measure success in an objective way. This means that they’re not only evaluating the team but also their own effectiveness as a leader of the team.
Someone can be a great coach or leader on paper but have poor interpersonal skills. Great leaders do not just connect with results, they connect to the people and the overall goal of the organization while remaining open to improvement.