We often hear people say, “He’s a natural born leader”. But think about it, few people are truly born with leadership skills. No baby enters the earth and thinks to himself, ‘I will be a great leader!’ even those born into royalty don’t always have the necessary skills to lead. Leadership inclination and work coaching skills are developed and learned over time and experience. Anyone can lead; it just all depends on the person’s willingness to learn how and practice it by heart.

Much of the success teams and organizations enjoy may be attributed to good leadership. The way a leader guides and motivates his team to great performance and the kind of work coaching really determines his team’s (continuous) success

And sadly, many organizations suffer the consequences of poor leadership and work coaching. Staff are not motivated to work, they lack direction on where to go and what to do next, and they lack a clear view of their goal and need achievable action points to move forward. In as much as a good leader can lead to success, an inadequate leader can be destructive.

Practical Leadership and Work Coaching Tips

  • Communicate your vision to your staff. Allow them to see the big picture and understand where their roles fit in the bigger idea. Be as specific as possible because vague instructions will only lead to misunderstanding and disappointments.
  • Simplify things. Allow your team to focus on what’s really important. Give them time to process and strategise. Be open to new ideas from your staff. Think creatively and be willing to take risks with them. Yes you need to provide clear instructions, but you really don’t have to tell them which font colour to use on their reports! Allow your team to explore other options and alternatives that may help them meet or exceed your expectations.
  • Collaborate with your team. Remember one of the basic rules in work coaching; two heads are better than one. Open your discussions to new perspectives and bring people together for decision-making. For this to be effective, you should always be present and ready to listen. You cannot lead long distance, you need to be accessible.
  • Speak the truth in kindness. Welcome their mistakes as an opportunity to learn and do better. Don’t criticize your employees. You may coach their work output, but be careful not to attack them in a personal level. Constructive criticisms, when done sincerely, always yields better results compared to other work coaching methods.
  • Allow your people to grow. Support them as they seek to live out their passions. Encourage them to challenge themselves and embrace new possibilities. In the same manner, you should also be willing to grow and stretch yourself as a leader. Identify the areas where you need growth the most. The better you become as a person, the better you will be able to lead your team.
  • Always create a joyful workplace atmosphere. Make sure you have fun while doing your job. Help your staff find something exciting about work every day. Focus on the positive side of things.

Learning and striving to become a good leader will pay off, not only professionally but also personally. Never stop learning to be a better leader and desiring to offer higher work coaching and leadership skills to your team.

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Paul Bailey

Paul is a highly experienced Business Coach, Mentor and Personal Development Specialist. He works with people to enhance business and personal performance through a process of supported self-awareness and self- development. Paul is the Co-Author of the book 80 Tips.