To be a great coach, you need to know your team inside out. Take the time to get to know each of your employees on a deeper level. Understand their strengths and weaknesses, what motivates them and what discourages them. Along with formal personality tests, consider having each member of your team perform periodic self-evaluations and use the results to ensure that you're using each employee as effectively as possible.
Experts estimate that current skills only have a lifespan of 2 ½ to 5 years. This means that it is essential for businesses to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and technologies, as well as for employees to continuously develop their skills. To be an effective mentor and help a learner reach their full potential, you must understand how to address their needs and concerns. However, meeting the unique requirements of new or young employees can be difficult.
What are the most effective coaching strategiesand why? Fortunately, 15 members of the Forbes Human Resources Council have shared their most successful training strategies.
An effective way to help train employees is to ask them what their ideas are on how to improve or solve a problem. When you attend a coaching session prepared, committed and open to new ideas, you'll be surprised at how valuable the experience is. Open-ended questions that demonstrate curiosity and intense listening will be a key component in creating a training environment. As a manager, you can train your employees and help them with each of these steps without intervening.
Here are five main ways to guide your team to success and become a great leader in the process:
- Encourage Self-Evaluations: Ask each member of your team to perform periodic self-evaluations and use the results to ensure that you're using each employee as effectively as possible.
- Invite Ideas: Invite your team members to share their ideas on how to improve or solve a problem.
- Celebrate Successes: Commemorate group accomplishments, as well as individual successes of your team members.
- Address Interpersonal Issues: Be aware of any interpersonal issues within your team, such as employees not doing their best or mild harassment in the office.
- Build Trust: Establish limits and processes to ensure confidentiality and encourage your team members to be themselves.
To maximize leadership coaching sessions, it's important for managers to understand their team members' strengths and weaknesses, ask for ideas from them, celebrate successes, address interpersonal issues, build trust, and provide feedback.