Leadership is about asking questions -‘what and why’, inspiring, developing and empowering others, and having a long-range vision whereas management is about asking (and often telling) ‘how and who’, managing tasks, systems, and people to get things done.
When looking at the leadership styles as defined by Daniel Goleman – in terms of styles needing to be employed by leaders, the one most needed in today’s organizations is a coaching style. That of asking great questions, listening actively, reflecting back and giving effective feedback, and empowering and inspiring others. These skills are some of those employed by trained coaches.
My aim is not to turn leaders or managers into coaches, more simply to provide them with the awareness and understanding of what these skills are, how they are used, and when to use them in the organizational context.
In today’s environment of doing more with less, leaders must spend more time leading, inspiring and empowering others to do their work, rather than try to do it for them. As a result, we know that innovation rises, employee engagement increases, and with that increased profitability normally is an end result.
I offer a number of workshops specifically addressing these skills that can be tailored to an organisation’s requirements. Some of the current ones are listed below. Click on the links for more details.
If you are looking to improve your leadership skills, then coaching may be a very effective way to aid that process. Do contact me to discuss how I could help.