What is the management style that produces results in 2022?
We are active in a market where change is constant and rapid, and the management methods that worked in the past do not bring the same results today. To cope with this reality, managers and leaders need consistent tools to support their work, their performance and that of their teams.
- How do I increase my and my team’s performance?
- How do I reduce stress and team conflicts?
- How can I get clarity on strategy and objectives?
- How do I delegate effectively?
- How do you motivate my people?
- How do I develop leaders in my teams?
- How can I be in harmony with myself?
- How to have enough time?
- How do I reach my target?
If you have asked yourself at least 1 of the above questions in your role as a leader or manager, the following lines are for you.
The management style that produces results in 2022 is based on coaching and I will further clarify the reasons why a leader as a coach and the team guided in this way is more efficient, compared to a classic management style or based on command and control.
What is coaching?
Coaching is a tool that supports individual and team development, increases performance, motivation and responsibility. “It’s a way of unlocking people’s potential to maximize performance,” said Sir John Whitmore, one of the parents of coaching.
Here’s what you can get if you use coaching (study by the International Coaching Federation)
- 72% improved communication
- 80% self-improvement
- 73% improvement in relationships with others
- 73% improvement in time management
- 70% performance improvement
How is leadership based on coaching?
It is leadership in which the leader acts as a coach and shows people how their individual contribution helps to a greater goal, investing in their people to develop them. It is a democratic, collaborative leadership style that builds on the contributions and perspectives of your teammates. At the same time, it is a transformational style, towards a culture of continuous improvement, of challenging performance and exceeding objectives. Leaders are at the service of the team and support their colleagues to develop, to be motivated, to harmonize their personal goals with those of the organization, to exceed their goals and to gain visibility.
What benefits do you get if you are a leader coach?
- Increased performance
- Positive work atmosphere, which stimulates innovation and creativity
- Motivated employees, with clear and transparent expectations aligned with those of the company
- The development of each employee will support the development of the organization, creating competitive advantages
- Embrace the changes that bring progress
10 steps you can take to begin the transition to a leader coach:
- Find out the individual goals of your teammates and help them clarify them in a SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-based) way.
- Discover the strengths of each colleague, but also the opportunities for learning and improvement.
- Find out the current challenges for your colleagues.
- Find out the “why” of each colleague.
- Build a 1: 1 meeting schedule with each colleague, in addition to assessments, in which you help him improve, using coaching techniques. You can come up with concrete examples or you can use the examples of colleagues. Set together at least 1 improvement action to work on.
- Observe and appreciate the results of your colleagues. Give them personal feedback, but also appreciate them in public for their success.
- Use feed-forward instead of feedback. Feedback focuses on past events and things that could be improved, while feed-forward provides alternatives for future situations.
- Avoid micro-management and delegate strategically, taking into account the strengths of your colleagues, thus helping them to develop. Also consider opportunities for improvement when delegating.
- Build an environment that encourages acceptance and commitment, involving colleagues in decision-making, consulting and using mistakes as a learning opportunity.
- Use open-ended questions to get honest answers and avoid questions that lead to a predefined or predictable answer. Open-ended questions invite independent thinking and the expression of one’s own ideas, while closed-ended questions constrain creativity.
The transition from a classic leadership style to a coaching style does not happen overnight, whether you are a young or an experienced manager. You need to invest a lot of time and energy in working with each member of your team, and your colleagues need involvement and a desire to develop. But the impact you get in the long run on your business will generate a real change, it will increase your performance in a measurable and visible way.
Want to find out how we can help you and your company use coaching in your day to day business?
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