Four Suggestions for Coaching Your Team
My personal trainer, Todd, is one energetic and enthusiastic guy. He's full-
Today's best business leaders know full well that the key to good leadership is to prioritize getting everyone around them better.
The ability to coach "getting better" is critical for ultimate success.
So just how does a leader make those around them better? Here are four suggestions.
1. Let them know they're really worth it. Affirm often. Let your people know they
are vital, important and necessary. That ought to be obvious. Yet, so many employees
have no idea what their boss thinks of their performance -
2. Let them take on bigger and bigger challenges. Give people a chance to surprise you, the opportunity to succeed at a higher level. See how they react when they discover for themselves how capable they really are. Give them the big assignment, the appropriate support and then let go and let them soar!
3. Be both inspiring and accountable. Set high standards for excellence. Great leaders
push for the achievement of great goals. Importantly, they hold themselves accountable
for delivering at that high level as well. Plus, they consistently model the same
positive work traits that they expect from their staffs. As a result, these leaders
can share with their team the pride and satisfaction in what they have accomplished
4. Trust them and then trust them some more. Trust is vital to the health of the leader/employee relationship. When the leader ends up doing too much themselves and too often, the talented people can't help but get frustrated. The unspoken message becomes, "I don't trust you to do this as well as I can." Healthy staffers don't mind accepting assignments and being delegated to. They were likely hired because of their exceptional skill sets. Trust them to get the job done properly. Trust that they know how to perform and that they are eager to make a worthy contribution.
With a good leader's influence, the team can be coached towards "getting better".
The results? Performance standards are elevated. There is greater output. Morale
improves. The team begins to look like a well-
By Jeff Blum, Lead Facilitator at The TeamBuilding Co.
Copyright 2011 Jeff Blum. All rights reserved.