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Coaching Is An Important Part Of Leadership

coachingMany of us forget that while leadership may be first and foremost communication and inspiration, there is a much more practical side to it as well. I wasn’t much of an athlete as far as skills are concerned but I did love sports and played competitively through school. There were always coaches who could teach you things but lacked that charisma needed to make you perform at the next level. Alternatively, there were those who were great at getting you hyped up for something but never really gave you the tools to be effective at getting the job done.


The great coaches are always great leaders.(Tweet this!) They can meet you where you are and not only inspire you to be better, but also teach you how to do it. They not only lead you, they teach you along the way. But how do you teach and lead at the same time? Actually, I think they are very closely related and not hard to combine.

I first came across this concept when I was a manager for a large transportation and logistics company back in the 90’s. This company had a commitment to training, and in particular to leadership training. Over the course of a few years I realized that there are a multitude of methods to implement coaching into leadership. Covey, Kouzes and Posner, Bennis and Blanchard are just a few of the authors who have provided a framework for coaching by leaders. I encourage you to look up a couple of these authors and see what they have to offer you.


A more recent approach from The Center for Management and Organization Effectiveness breaks down coaching into 3 steps. This approach is to meet the individual where they are in their learning process, determine what they need to move forward and conduct a periodic re-assessment to adjust and keep moving forward. Take a look at their infographic and let me know what you think.

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Scott Wilson is the Director of Communications and Technology for The Urban Child Institute (tuci.org), a not-for-profit dedicated to improving the development and well-being of children. He is also a marketing and business strategy consultant for small businesses and writes regularly about Leadership, Communication and Marketing on his blog, scottkwilson.com.

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