Thursday, June 4, 2015

Why the Best Leaders are Great Coaches: A Guest Post by Greg Chambers



Today’s post is from our Tribe Member Greg Chambers. You can find him here.

A great leader learns and develops the art of coaching. They know how to manage, direct others on what to do, how to do it, and lead. More importantly, they know the appropriate time to do these things. Sometimes circumstances call for someone to take the reins and direct others to take action to get the job or project done. Most circumstances call for a leader to coach and develop their team through activities. They coach others through the process. Coaching and follow-up should be the normal routine for a leader day to day.
 

Additionally, a great leader has personal coaching skills, and can guide others through their personal and career development. A great leader will not just be a coach and mentor for their direct reports, but will be sought out by others for advice and counsel. This does not mean they have all the answers. To the contrary, this means they are a good listener, they are objective, and they can help others move toward the answer.
 

CMC Editorial Note: Not only do leaders develop coaching skills, they hire coaches for themselves. Upwards of 70% of the top CEO’s have an executive leadership coach. Why? Because coaching works.

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