We’ve all heard the past few years are unprecedented, from the pandemic to various social movements. As a result of the uncertainty, the social shifts and the differing expectations in society, the way we work is changing and it is important that you as a leader change with it.
Knowing what you need to do to change as a leader can be difficult to figure out on your own. Not making the shift can diminish your ability to lead and the outcomes expected of your team can be impacted. Working with a coach can not only support you to make this shift, but improve your performance as well as that of your team.
Working with a coach can help you to answer some of the big questions you may be asking yourself. Is my style appropriate in this changing landscape? Or do I have the leadership skills to lead my team through this change?
Leaders at all levels can boost their performance with coaching. Coaching is a conversation focused on the here and now. Supporting you to consider how you’re performing as a leader in the current context, identifying opportunities for development.
Throughout the coaching conversation, your coach will ask you questions that cause you to reflect. It is through this reflection that true learning is created. Coaching can focus on specific skills and experiences, and through the process of asking questions those skills are further developed and enhanced. Coaching is important as it enhances skills by providing the space necessary for reflection. Reflection is essential for learning and growth. It is with this learning and growth that you get an increase in clarity and therefore confidence.
Your performance as a leader can be boosted, thus supporting the performance of your entire team. Providing you the opportunity to leverage their skills to meet shifting demands on your organisation. Given the changing nature of work, coaching can provide the confidential space you need to test ideas and explore options. If you’re wanting to ask some of those bigger questions in a safe way, coaching can provide that opportunity. You can truly explore how your skills and attributes fit in this complex landscape.
Coaching will boost your performance and the performance of your team as a result of coaching is having a better sense of your strengths. When you are clear on your strengths you will focus on the right things that have the biggest impact.
You will save time by focusing on the things that bring the greatest returns to you as a leader and the organisation as a whole. When you’re clear on your strengths you become more resourceful and you will make better decisions every day. You put yourself in a position to raise your standards and therefore improve the results that you and the team are able to achieve.
Working with a coach can also help you to understand why others in your team think and act the way they do. You will find ways to improve how you communicate, how you share what’s important to you and to the organization.
As the nature of work shifts, it is essential that you as a leader shift with it. Working with a coach through this process will not only support you to create change, but boost your performance and the performance of your team.
About the Author – Emily Rogers
Emily Rogers is the founder of The Leap to Lead and a transition coach for individuals and organizations ready to show up the way they have always desired. Drawing on her experience and the frameworks developed as a senior HR leader across multiple industries, Emily now empowers women to be the leader in their own lives. She is passionate about providing clarity, developing an action plan and getting things done to see you finally living the life you want.