A leader is an inspiration for many people. But in times of intense uncertainty it is highly likely that the leader feels like he is being pushed and pulled in many directions. This is the best time to strategize and prioritize for the leader. But this is not only it, a good leader is also a good coach and is tasked with providing guidance and assurity during difficult times.
An effective coach has the power to help an employee move from feeling pressured and tense to feeling motivated and empowered. Coaching provides clarity to make important and successful business decisions. Especially when top management is trying to come up with strategies to maintain organizational performance while people are working from home and usual business processes are forced to adapt to the new normal.
Coaching not only helps others but also the leader himself, coaching can help answer questions like “what kind of a leader do I want to become during this crisis? What kind of leadership will work best during times of uncertainty? Am I resilient enough to act as a source of inspiration for others?”
During these times, the best option is to provide bursts of virtual coaching. It helps in managing focus, gain clarity and purpose and help navigate through tough decisions.
Who Can Benefit from Coaching?
There are many types of coaching that can help different areas of the organization for better performance. Some of the examples are below:
- Executive coaching can provide a strong support during crisis. The coach can help provide a structure to lead the organization during uncertain times.
- Senior management team/executives can highly benefit from coaching which can help them come up with strategies for leading and managing during complex and ambiguous states.
- Coaching can refresh the mindset for middle managers and puts them in a state for success. Coaching can help managers identify their strengths and skills that need development. It can help in achieving goals moving in the right direction.
- Coaching can help employees to feel supported during difficult times and assure them that there is someone listening to their concerns and is present for them during these times. Such feelings nurtures trust and allow the employees to feel cared for.
4 Ways How Coaching Can Benefit Performance:
We will learn from these 4 ideas how coaching leads to higher performance.
- Better understanding of oneself: Coaching helps gain clarity of one’s own strengths and skills. It helps gain higher self-awareness which is the first step to success.
- Greater understanding of others: Coaching helps to understand why someone does something they do. Coaching will help view a situation from a different perspective and help understand action of others. This way it would be easier to navigate the conditions in the right direction.
- Better communication: Coaching helps to convey the right message. It helps to decide what is important to the business and for the well-being of all. Coaching helps deliver the ideas across most effectively.
- Trust and support: When employees receive coaching during difficult times it helps them feel supported and thus increases positivity and productivity in the long run.
However, a good coaching outcome requires a good coaching relationship. Asking the right questions, in the beginning, sets the tone for a strong coaching partnership.
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