Leaders, 5 Good Reasons to Experience Coaching

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Regardless of the socio-professional environment in which they evolve, Leaders are the ones on whom everybody relies to lead us to success in a given context.

The complexity of today’s world, in addition to the omnipresent feeing of uncertainty, has only served to reinforce this essential role of the “Leader” to guide teams towards common objectives. But which tools are available to the leader as a means of enhancing his or her role and meeting the expectations inherent to his or her position as a guide? And what if coaching could be the leader’s main asset towards taking his/her organisation and/or team to the next level, and thus facing the challenges of tomorrow?

In this article, we propose 5 good reasons why a leader should experience coaching.

In Brief, What Exactly is Coaching?

Coaching is a personal and/or professional development process that enables an individual or a group to identify and develop their potential and performance through a “powerful” questioning process designed to foster awareness of the way they function. The objective of coaching is therefore to find an autonomous way to go beyond the current situation and thus attain the new objectives one has set oneself thanks to the acquisition and implementation of the new methods and tools proposed by the coach.

This can be achieved thanks to the acquisition of new skills or through behavioural adjustments or changes, with the aim of achieving a visible and lasting effect.

Coaching as a Means of Maximising Your Leadership Style

1. To Reinforce Authenticity

During the coaching process, the leader will be encouraged to discover his/her strengths and areas for in depth improvement. By gaining a better understanding of his/her values and what motivates him/her internally (the drivers) will enable him/her to understand the reasons why (s)he interacts in a particular way within his/her environment.

(S)He will also identify the existing inner resources which can be activated to meet the daily challenges (s)he faces. In doing so, (s)he will get to know him/herself better and thus become more authentic in the way (s)he behaves and leads. This authenticity will constitute a weighty asset because the leader will be appreciated as even more convincing and charismatic by the teams that (s)he will have to guide towards the achievement of common and individual objectives.

2. To Achieve Mature Reflection

A leader is often isolated and may find it difficult to find someone to talk to as a means of sharing ideas without fear of judgment. Thanks to their coach, the leader will be able to benefit from a “sparring partner”[1] with a neutral and benevolent eye to whom (s)he can expose his/her ideas in a framework of trust and confidentiality. Thus, freed from any inhibitions, (s)he will be able to come up with innovative and audacious solutions to reach the final objective.

3. To Challenge Beliefs and Perspectives

The powerful questioning of the coaching process will allow the leader to take a more neutral approach to assessing the way (s)he behaves (i.e. without judging them as good or bad). The dynamism of this approach will potentially lead the leader to abandon certain “limiting beliefs” that could prevent him/her from considering new perspectives as a means of tackling problems. In a best-case scenario, the leader is now freed from preconceptions ideas and will be able to perfect his/her strategy.

4. Reformulate Your Communication

Communication constitutes one of the leader’s main means of transmitting his/her vision to his/her employees and thus to leading them to achieve success. Such communication must be as clear as possible in order to convey the right messages to convince, motivate and engage employees. The coaching process makes it possible to gain a good understanding of how to reformulate the ideas exchanged in order to capture the essence of the message. During these exchanges, the message expressed becomes clearer and more defined and can therefore be more easily understood by its recipient.

5. Learn How to Make Decisions

Remember, the goal of a coaching process is to motivate someone towards the achievement of the main objective (s)he has set based on a series of targeted actions. Thus, at the end of each coaching session, the coach will invite the leader to use the different “lessons” (s)he has learnt during the exchange during a specific period of time agreed on by both parties. The leader will therefore have to consciously decide, which actions are to be carried out by the next coaching session and also prioritise them. This regular exercise of decision making will serve as a driving force towards achieving the overall goal, as well as an inspiration to “lead by example” and motivate the teams.

Thus, after having experienced coaching, the leader will have gained a more in-depth understanding of him/herself and will also have learned to confront ideas without fear. By opening up to different perspectives to clarify his or her message it becomes possible to take regular decisions.

(S)He will thus be better placed to meet the requirements of his/her position and, as a result, respond optimally to the needs of his/her environment, teams and even clients.

Would you like to experience coaching to maximise your leadership?

Contact our team by sending an email to info@mindforest.com to benefit from the support of our certified coaches and achieve your individual and collective goals.

[1] Training partner in certain sports. It generally refers to a partner at a certain (higher) level as a means of preparing a champion for a competition.