My own career began to escalate when I participated in training that taught people managers coaching skills. I was a bit sceptical in the beginning as 20 years ago the word “coaching” was very new to me. As a participant, I was encouraged to start applying coaching skills immediately with my colleagues and peers, and straight away I noticed the positive effect of that. People began to come to me when they had challenges or experienced conflicts. At some point, my boss came to me and said: “Can I speak something through with you. I think this will help me to sort things out in my head.” I guided her “speaking through” process with effective coaching questions and she was very impressed with a solution she found. I must admit it felt very good!
Soon I got promoted to a regional leadership role, where coaching played a significant role in my relationships with my team, my colleagues and the TOP leadership team.
Having this experience, I was not surprised when I conducted simple research to understand the degree to which coaching skills are required for managers and leaders. In nearly every second vacancy description for a managerial role from different functions: HR, Sales, Customer Service, Product Development…, I saw coaching as a requirement.
Again, I was not surprised. I have heard from people who were applying for the Professional Coaching Diploma Programme, that they either received feedback that to grow as a leader they need to learn how to coach, or they started searching for new career opportunities and found out that having coaching skills in their tool-box will significantly increase their chances to find a job they want. Actually, we have great examples when our students got promoted or found new jobs after they got a professional Diploma in coaching.
Here are some coaching skills which when practised will create a huge difference in a way you communicate and lead:
– Talking less, questioning more
– Listening for understanding
– Deliberate, mindful speech
– Positive reinforcement
– Paraphrasing, clarifying, and reflecting back what was said
– Providing feedback with permission
There are many great books you can read about coaching, for example: “Coaching for Performance” by John Whitmore and “Coaching Skills, a Handbook” by Jenny Rogers. The important thing though is practice! Therefore going through professional training, where you can practice and receive feedback might be a good idea to consider. In BeCoach Academy (www.BeCoach-Academy.com) we focus a lot on practice and feedback. Every tool, technique and a model we teach is experienced during the live-training weekends and coaching-lab sessions. This is why our students are able to bring their new skills to their real work/life environment right after the first module.
We sincerely believe that with coaching skills you can take your leadership and communication to the next level! We will be honored to support you on this journey! Are you ready? If yes, have a look at our Professional Coaching Diploma Programme!