Being a coaching leader is about so much more than having good management skills. It requires a consistent commitment to learning.
A coaching leader cannot rest on their laurels, rely on what they learned previously, or allow industry trends to pass them by. To coach others, you must develop a collection of tools to help them deal with various issues that arise.
Never Stop Learning
A coaching leader is a lifelong student and learner. Whether it’s attending workshops, reading, or studying in some other way, they constantly seek to add to their toolbox so they can share with others.
This isn’t ego-driven — it can’t be. It’s not about being the smartest person in the room but instead about helping others grow and develop. You can’t give away what you don’t possess, so it’s critical that you invest in learning so you can become the best coaching leader you can be for your team.
Self-development should not be haphazard. It requires focus and intention to be effective. By setting clear goals for yourself about what you want to learn, you turn those ideas into actionable steps.
This is not a one-time task but rather an ongoing process requiring regular updates throughout your career.
It’s Not Just About Work
Good coaching requires a multi-dimensional learning approach. It’s critical that you focus on business — but not just business.
Keeping pace with industry developments and trends, in addition to general business and leadership learning, positions you to help individuals struggling with specific professional challenges. This will allow you to impact real issues the business is facing and give you credibility with those you want to help in other ways.
It’s also vital to continue to develop leadership skills, as the more you know, the more options you have to help others. This is certainly about helping you lead effectively, but it’s also about having resources you can use to help them lead effectively. Individuals who have only one leadership style may find they can’t connect with some of their team members. By broadening your possible approaches, you’re much more likely to find a way to meet a team member where they are.
Further, studying general life topics provides great benefit to you and to those you serve. By seeking wisdom about marriage, parenthood, personal finance and more, you become a more well-rounded leader with greater ability to help those who are struggling in various areas.
And let’s face it, a struggle in one area often impacts other areas. So, by providing insight and guidance in any one area where your team member is struggling, you increase your ability to help that person succeed in other aspects of their work and life.
Developing Yourself as a Coaching Leader
If you want to help others grow and develop, never stop learning. Your wisdom can make your workplace, and the world, a better place for those around you.