by Scott Eblin
Leadership Expert, Global Speaker, Best-selling Author, Executive Coach
One of the things I love about leading our Next Level Leadership® group coaching program is hearing leaders’ stories about how they’re following through on their most important development opportunities. As I’ve written here before, when they’re mapping out how to follow through, I always encourage them to look for repeatable actions that are relatively easy to do and likely to make a difference. Taking that approach has the benefit of jump starting the leader’s momentum and creating a positive impact through their behaviors.
Coaching others isn’t always easy. Daily pressures and demands often overtake our work, leaving limited time and energy to focus on coaching direct reports. While formal coaching sessions may be limited, you can fit in coaching conversations and coaching moments.
CCL defines coaching as “formal or informal conversations between a leader coach (you) and a learner (someone else) intended to produce positive changes in workplace behaviors.” To increase your opportunities for coaching, pay attention to the cues others are sending. If someone is upset, not ready to talk, or needing to vent, then just hear them out. They need a safe place to air thoughts and emotions, but aren’t ready for a coaching conversation.