The Differences Between Managers vs Coaches

The Differences Between Managers vs Coaches

Talyaa Vardar, MA, FCPC, MCC
Talyaa Vardar, MA, FCPC, MCC
Executive Coach, Psychologist & Art Therapist

Both managing and coaching are essential to run a successful organization, but they have different objectives and results. So, what is the difference between coaching and managing?

These are the differences between coaching and managing

  • Managing is mostly project-based, delegating, organizing, providing feedback, and training employees.
  • Whereas, coaching has a much broader view and involves co-operating, motivating, developing skills, advancing work relationships, and developing a workforce for better outputs.

The key to an exceptional workforce is coach them first and then manage. Traditional methods of managing such as annual reviews are a thing of the past and do not qualify as coaching anymore as they lack the provision of quality feedback and there’s never enough time for efficient goal-setting.

The new-age coaching talks about frequently interacting with your employees and providing a way for growth and development. There is a reason why an increasing number of people now opt for ICF accredited online coaching certification programs and online business coaching training to add coaching as a skill on their resume.

It is to go ahead not only as a manager but as an online certified coach, a life coach, a corporate trainer, a business coach, and so on. An online professional coaching certificate gives you a chance to gain that competitive advantage. A coaching incorporated managing may require more time and effort, but the results are far more impressive than traditional project-based management.

Here are 4 ways to flow & transform from a traditional manager to a coach

  • Provide Questions not Solutions
  • Target Excellence
  • Stay Connected
  • Provide Questions not Solutions:

A business coach helps to stimulate thinking by not telling employees what to do. Ask in-depth questions like, how can I help you to grow? What is something you don’t understand? What skills do you want to develop? Let the employee come up with solutions by himself, you can come up with ideas on how to support the solution better.

Target Excellence:

A good coach not only manages the talent but also helps them in becoming the best. A coach knows how to paint the big picture, he asks the employee about his personal goals and relates them to team goals and eventually the company goals.

This offers a bigger perspective and turns the ordinary into the extraordinary. A team may not always have the greatest players, but a true coach knows how to motivate a team by challenging them with new ideas and concepts.

Stay Connected:

Effective coaching occurs actively on daily basis. Every interaction with the employees should be considered as a potential coaching opportunity. Find out all means to give continuous feedback. If an employee did a good job, try to find out what made them deliver. This approach helps others around to learn from good examples as well.

Nowadays, coaching is all about recurring feedback and continuous improvement.

A good coach understands the game, but more than that, they care about their players. Best managers who are considerate and focused make the best coaches. A true leader is both a manager and a coach. If you can do both, you can create the winning team.

To learn more about coaching and to become a coach yourself, consider enrolling in our ICF-certified coaching programs to build on your coaching skills and become a professional business coach for personal and professional success.

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