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Why it is Important to take a Coach Approach to Leadership within an Organization.

by Coaching Out of the Box

 Within any organization is the room for improvement, not just in the systems or procedures, but in the people and attitudes. Coaching can be the catalyst for these improvements, offering strategies for new learning and development. Coaching uses dialogue to establish a method of action for positive growth and brings about results. The coach approach to leadership enables managers to not only be effective in their position, but to motivate their employees to reach beyond their comfort and expand their knowledge. There is a greater understanding that comes from coaching and recognizes that personal success is not measured individually as much as it is measured through the success of those around you. A true leader will have an exceptional team of employees who trust, respect and even admire their management. This allows them to be a team who works effectively together and includes more positive interactions and increased productivity. Every organization can benefit from happier, more productive employees!

Some aspects of learning to take a coach approach to leadership within an organization:

  • Allows for mistakes to be made and learned from, with open dialogue and positive feedback.
  • Management learns to lead by example rather than “do as I say and not as I do”.
  • Employees are encouraged to learn and develop new skills even as they go, on the job.
  • Productivity is increased as trust is established between employees and management, leaving less management less inclined to resort to micromanaging employees.
  • Employees and management work together as a team to establish new goals and build momentum.
  • Increased levels of trust, engagement, development and positivity are characteristics of coaching.

If you feel your organization would benefit from learning a coach approach to leadership, take our coaching readiness assessment for organizations at http://www.coachingoutofthebox.com/coaching-quotient-assessment/coaching-readiness-assessment-for-organizations.

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How to Be a Leader without a Title

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A lot of the information and articles on the internet pertaining to leadership are directed at people in power; owners, managers, etc. The truth is a title isn’t what is required in order to be a leader. Leadership is better defined by a state of mind or attitude, with or without an official title. A successful leader uses their heart over their mind in order to connect with others around them. Even in a hierarchy of a company, a leader could be identified as someone other than those in a position of power.  Someone people trust and respect, regardless of what their official position is. Their actions or conversations bring about inspiration in those they encounter.

As John Quincy Adams said, "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."

So how does one go about becoming a leader when they have no authority or title? Simply by changing the way they interact with the people around them. The following basic steps can help anyone improve their leadership skills:

  • Listen efficiently to what people are saying. The mind is constantly working and can block out what someone else is saying if it isn’t controlled. This takes focus, but it can be improved.
  • Think critically about the situation or scenario. Try to focus on potential issues that may arise before they do. Help develop ways to prevent these issues. This also goes for opportunities, not just problems.
  • Encourage others to live up to their potential. Share personal stories, recognize accomplishments and provide positive feedback. Sometimes all it takes is a few kind words to make a difference to someone.
  • Take initiative to go above and beyond what is expected. Show the ability to take on additional responsibilities and offer assistance if there is a need.
  • Always keep learning new things. A stagnant mind is dying; revive it with new ideas, concepts, challenges and opportunities.
  • Take courage to do things that haven’t been done before and look at things from new angles. Live outside the box and help others around you to do the same.
  • Be a gracious follower. Don’t overstep boundaries or walk on people to get ahead. Follow rules, be courteous to authority and above all, be a positive influence.

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The Value of Goal Setting

by Coaching Out Of the Box

If you look up the word “goal”, you will find this definition: the object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result. In order to get where one wants to go, they need to be able to define where that is. Do they want to be their own boss? Manage the company? Have a family? Own a house? No matter what it is they want to achieve, they have to be able to set up the path to get there – their goals. These goals help one focus on what it is they want and research shows links between goals and performance, especially in relation to business. Setting and achieving obtainable goals can lead to feelings of positivity and success, which builds confidence and can create further productivity.

Keep these guidelines in mind when building a list of goals for business:

  • Keep goals achievable and be specific with what results are expected. Undefined or generic goals aren’t very motivating and don’t provide a strategy for achievement.
  • Set both long-term and short-term goals. Keep motivation and encouragement high by setting up smaller goals that can build in to the larger goals. Long-term goals can seem lofty and insurmountable, but breaking these down into manageable parts with achievable outcomes can be motivational, especially when the smaller goals are reached. This helps build momentum and keeps the positivity going.
  • Set goals with the whole team, using input from as many team members as possible. Strategize together; include opinions and ideas of others, which will motivate them to help achieve the goals.
  • Write the goals down and commit to them. Keep this visible so others can refer to it.
  • Build a habit of referencing the goals as well as the strategies to achieve them. If there is a road-block, re-strategize how better to achieve the goal.
  • Believe in the goal and encourage others to believe in it too. Keep in mind that this may require the use of incentives to help motivate the team. Be willing to give something to help encourage progress.
  • Don’t give up. Just because the goal hasn’t been reached yet, it doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Re-think, re-focus & re-organize.

Want to learn how we can bring leadership skills to your business or organization? We are hosting a free webinar on April 20th where you can learn about this and much more! Please visit: http://tinyurl.com/z2amjrr to sign up for your spot.

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Learning to Mindfully Listen

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Learning to Mindfully Listen

A significant part of being a good coach and leader is to be a good listener. The ability to intentionally listen helps to create a partnership with the person you are conversing with. This opens up a level of trust and can bring out aspects of that person that would otherwise have stayed hidden. Understanding that your success is based on the success of others around you can lead you to have a new perspective on your conversations. The coaching partnerships you form are dependent on your ability to interact positively with those you lead. Learning how to do the following can assist you with learning to mindfully listen in your dialogues with others:

  1. Convey a genuine interest in what they are saying. Learn not to interrupt or be absorbed in your own thoughts or forming your responses while that person is still speaking. Leave room in the conversation for the other person to speak and don’t do all the talking yourself.
  2. Absorb what is being said. Hear the words but also note the body language and emotions of the other person. Words are not the only form of communication.
  3. Recite back what that person has been saying by summarizing what you have heard. This allows the other person to feel like they are being listened to and they can confirm whether their actual message has been received.
  4. Extend the dialogue with questions, especially open-ended questions that can allow for expansion of the conversation. This may allow your partner to explore new ideas and lets them know you value what they have to say.
  5. Lastly, provide feedback that isn’t critical or patronizing. Use this feedback as a catalyst for positive development.

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Coach Approach to Leadership - Now More Than Ever

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We’ve got an emergency going on! Government, healthcare, manufacturing, education, services or non-profit are being challenged to keep up with multiple ongoing changes while also paying attention to growth. Everyone is being asked to do more with less. Most of you have seen a host of new technology and rapidly changing systems that require your business environment to be agile, innovative, responsive and adaptable. There has been a tremendous shift from algorithmic work to heuristic work. In other words, the shift from routine, repetitive measurable work, to work that involves critical thinking, analysis and creativity. Approximately 70% of current job growth in North America is in heuristic work and it is only growing. The old carrot and stick approach worked well in the old algorithmic environment but researchers have found it can be devastating in a heuristic environment. What is more effective for this environment is competency in soft skills…enter coaching. 

 
Taking a Coach Approach to Leadership means mining the very best from others by partnering with them to discover their unique motivation system and strategizing with them to work in alignment with it. Taking a coach approach also means asking others to stretch beyond their comfort zones and leveraging their strengths in a variety of areas such as change, creativity, decision making, communication and even conflict. Having people work in alignment with their unique motivation system and stretching beyond what they would ask of themselves is imperative to creating an organizational culture that is agile, innovative, responsive and adaptable. Get going in bringing a coach approach to your leadership and your organization. We are here to help you. We've designed courses and tools just for you. How can you start? Check out the options below.
  • Join our next FREE Webinar on the topic of Using A Coach Approach to Leadership. Wednesday, April 20@11 a.m. Pacific time. We will be discussing this very compelling topic. Make sure you have an understanding of what this approach can do for your organization and your career. We will be giving you real tools and practical tips to help you transition to Using A Coach Approach to Leadership. Be sure to join us. Click Here to register.
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