Successful Coaching Skills

Any coaching opportunities require certain factors to be present in order to be successful.

  • The coachee must need to achieve a goal
  • They are prevented from doing so by an obstacle or obstacles
  • The solution takes account of the current obstacles and situation

This Coaching Session Template will help you to maintain the focus of each coaching session and provides a record of progress made and actions committed to. This Coaching Session Checklist is designed to help the coach to develop their coaching techniques by keeping a record of the coaching session.

Coaching can be defined simply as skillful questioning to bring out the best in people, helping them achieve their goals. It is concerned with helping them to realize their potential and ensuring that they have the skills, understanding, knowledge, and motivation to succeed. It is directly linked to change in that it is about helping someone shift their perspective, level of confidence, skill, motivation, or attitude.

There are seven key skills you need for successful coaching: active listening, building rapport, asking questions, demonstrating empathy, using intuition, goal setting, and giving feedback. Another key part of being a successful coach is the use of a coaching model that aids this learning process. These key skills and coaching models such as GROW, TGROW, and OSKAR are described in our eBook 'Coaching Skills and Models.'

Coaching offers certain advantages to the individual coachee, your team, and to yourself as a manager. For you as a manager the benefits include:

  • Taking time to understand an issue that is affecting the performance of a team member.
  • Demonstrating commitment to supporting and developing the skills, knowledge, and abilities of a team member.
  • Developing skills that are valued and transferable across many roles.
  • Developing effective working relationships with staff, making the responsibility of managing them more constructive and rewarding.
  • Developing reciprocity in the working relationship leading to opportunities for effective delegation.
  • Promoting effective change management and leadership of problem resolution.
  • For your individual team members the benefits include:
  • Learning to solve their own problems.
  • Improving work-related skills and performance.
  • Addressing personal issues that might otherwise affect their performance at work.
  • Learning how to identify and act on development needs.
  • Having greater confidence and accepting responsibility.
  • Becoming more effective and assertive in dealing with people.
  • Developing greater self-awareness and gaining new perspectives on ability.
  • Acquiring new skills and abilities.
  • Developing greater adaptability to change.

Finally, your team benefits from your coaching activities in two ways. Firstly, it encourages communication and feedback between team members. Secondly, it helps to develop openness and an atmosphere of trust and honesty within your team, which encourages new ways of working.

You may also be interested in:
Coaching Management Style | Management Coaching Skills | Differences Between Coaching and Training | Differences Between Coaching and Mentoring | Internal and External Coaches - Advantages and Disadvantages | Formal and Informal Coaching | Coaching Skills for Managers.

Key Points

  • Managers who coach create an environment where people can perform as independently as possible.
  • Coaching benefits organizations because it improves the speed of decision-making, it frees up management time for higher-level activities, and it increases job satisfaction among team members.
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