Better Business Leadership – Does a Coaching Culture Really Help?

If you’re looking at ways of improving the business leadership of your company, and have realized that a completely new approach may be in order, then taking some time to find out more about creating a coaching culture, may just give you the shift in corporate mindset that could make all of the difference.

More companies are starting to discover that many of the old ways just aren’t working in our modern world, and business leadership has started to suffer – in some ways – because of the pressure being put on the upper levels of management. This has led to companies experimenting with the idea of setting up a coaching culture that will give some of the responsibility back to the workers. Doing it that way removes the need for man management, giving upper management more time to focus on other areas that require their skills.

When it comes to using the business leadership skills available to you, or your company, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the people in charge of a department should just be there to answer questions, and give the people under them instructions on what they need to do next. This isn’t a very efficient use of a skilled employee, and it certainly doesn’t give the people working under them the knowledge or confidence to tackle a problem on their own. A coaching culture aims to put that right.

In a coaching culture, the employees will be encouraged to make more judgement calls of their own. If they need help then they can still go to the person in charge of their department; but instead of asking ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions about what they should be doing, the manager will ask them what they (the employee) think they should be doing. The manager may then ask the employee how they arrived at their solution, and a free flowing discussion will result from that.

In a coaching culture the business leadership doesn’t have to have all of the answers; in fact, they could learn a lot from the employees, and this could result in a number of new business strategies being put in place; or new procedures for handling certain situations that arise in the running of the company.

The resulting exchange of views can also help to boost morale in the business, and the coaching culture can help to remove some of the barriers between the business leadership of your company, and the employees. Another bonus is you’ll find that you retain the services of skilled employees far more than you would have if they had no freedom to express their ideas.

As mentioned earlier, it can be difficult for older companies, with a well established business leadership, to keep up to date with new developments in their sector. It’s in those cases where having the input of employees with fresh ideas can help the company, and make the employee feel valued; if that happens then they’re far less likely to suddenly leave and join a competitor – taking ‘insider’ knowledge of your company with them.

If you want to remain a progressive company, in a world where innovation has many people in business leadership struggling to keep up, it’s a good idea to have the whole of the staff onboard and sharing ideas. It also helps them to feel like they’re part of your corporate family, or at least part of the new coaching culture that you’re developing.

 

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