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Coaching Your Team as a Manager

The Harvard business review (2014) states that you can’t be a great manager if you aren’t a good coach. In other words, you can only be a good manager if you're also a good coach.


Why is Coaching Important? The Benefits of Coaching Your Team

There are several benefits to coaching a team:

  1. Strengthens the bond between you and your team members
  2. Your support encourages them to continuously develop their skills
  3. Training boosts performance levels and helps employees to reach their peak
  4. It feels satisfying

As we all know, a team is formed by individuals, each having their individual strengths and weaknesses. A manager has to focus on coaching each individual with a different approach in order to reach maximum performance as a team.

Some managers don’t believe coaching is something that is expected from them in their role/position so they fail to dedicate time to coaching and training their employees. However, good leadership and management involves helping team members experience progress in meaningful work.


What is Coaching?

  • Coaching is a tool used for catalysing employees’ growth and empowering your team to take ownership of their learning. 
  • It is a strategy that allows you to be supportive of your team and get actively involved with your employees. The results of these actions could be employee growth, engagement and retention.


Summary

In summary, coaching your team enables you as a manager to enhance your teams’ capability and performance. The productivity of your coaching will determine the levels of engagement and trust exists between manager and employees.  


References

Valcour. (2016). You Can’t Be a Great Manager if You’re Not a Good Coach. Harvard Business Review, 2014. Web. 12 August 2016.