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Being An Effective Manager: The Case for Coaching

Why every Manager must be a Coach to their staff

When you are already so busy, it’s hard to make time to coach your employees—and do it well.

But if you don’t help your employees build their skills, they’ll keep coming to you for answers instead of finding their own solutions. That kind of hand-holding kills productivity and creativity, and you will not be able to sustain it as it eats up a lot more of your time and energy.

It’s far better to intentionally invest in people’s development. Coaching your employees is the easiest way to be an effective manager.

Basic Coaching Skills

Some of the basic coaching skills we can all gain from getting better at:

  • Asking the right questions before you dispense advice
  • Providing the support employees need to achieve peak performance
  • Working with their individual learning styles to make greater progress
  • Giving them feedback they’ll actually apply
  • Giving them room to grapple with problems and discover solutions
  • Engaging your employees and fostering independence
  • Matching people’s skills with your organization’s needs
  • Customizing your approach for different employees
  • Creating realistic but inspiring plans for growth

Tracking and Measuring Performance

Coaching your employees means you’ll need to

  • agree on goals for growth,
  • motivate them to achieve those goals,
  • support their efforts,
  • measure their progress.

Now isn’t that what a manager is supposed to do anyhow?

If you have any questions, I will be glad to discuss this further

July 31, 2023
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