How Coaching can develop leaders

How Coaching can develop leaders

Leadership serves as the bedrock of any organization. However, numerous organizations face challenges in cultivating effective leaders, spanning from first-time managers to senior executives. Unfortunately, many organizations still employ a generic approach to leadership development, employing a “one-size-fits-all” mentality. This outdated style of leadership, characterized by a “command and control” mindset, is better suited for a workplace of the past. However, in today’s rapidly evolving technological and cultural landscape, organizations must prioritize the continuous development of leadership skills to navigate sudden changes and systemic disruptions within their teams and projects.

To do this, organizations need to invest in leadership development strategies like coaching to develop effective leaders. Coaching allows employees to develop and refine power skills like empathy, resilience, communication, strategic thinking, adaptability, and confidence to enable them to lead in the modern workforce while also connecting to their greater purpose and passion.

Coaching can be a good tool to  develop leadership skills .Organizations cultivate a learning culture that encourages leaders to continuously develop their skills.

Research conducted by SAP HR found a positive correlation between coaching and career outcomes, including higher compensation, more promotions, greater job satisfaction, and increased belief in career advancement. In our organsation we have witnessed the tangible impact of coaching in driving significant behavioral transformations. We have observed that individuals undergoing a typical six-month coaching program have achieved remarkable outcomes, including a +20% increase in behavioral change, a +14% boost in career advancement, and an impressive +90% rate of goal achievement.

Unlocking the benefits

By prioritizing employee coaching, organizations demonstrate a profound belief in the value of everyone’s personal and professional development. This investment in coaching not only cultivates innovation but also promotes employee retention, as empowered individuals are driven to contribute to their team’s and organization’s overall success. Additionally, coaching nurtures a success-oriented mindset, enabling employees to unlock their full potential and excel both at work and in their personal lives.

Unlike mentors, who while equally important, impart wisdom based on their own experiences, coaches place the coachee at the center, inspiring them to maximize their capabilities. Coaches actively challenge assumptions, identify blind spots, foster new awareness, and broaden perspectives, empowering individuals to overcome obstacles and make authentic behavioral changes aligned with their intentions.

Through personalized coaching, employees can collaborate closely with expert coaches, defining their goals and aligning leadership strategies with their professional development. Regular check-ins and guidance enable employees to apply their newfound knowledge to their everyday roles and responsibilities. As a result, coaching empowers individuals to advance their careers while simultaneously supporting the organization in achieving its business objectives.

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Democratizing coaching

The democratization of coaching, often referred to as coaching-for-all, allows organizations to extend growth opportunities to individuals at all levels. This inclusive approach reduces employee turnover, accelerates cultural transformation, and promotes innovation. To implement this approach, organizations are embracing online coaching platforms, bringing efficiency, flexibility in scheduling, and increased accessibility to the coaching process. This enables organizations to scale leadership competencies across the business, from top-level executives to individual contributors.

In addition to the online coaching platforms, organizations are also exploring artificial intelligence (AI) powered coaching tools. These tools have the capacity to deliver personalized, data-informed, and scalable feedback and guidance to employees, tailored to their unique needs, objectives, and preferences. By analyzing various aspects, such as employees’ behavior, performance and communication patterns, AI can identify areas for improvement, propose actionable steps, and suggest relevant learning resources. Furthermore, AI can create customized learning paths, track progress, and adapt the coaching plan accordingly. These AI-powered coaching tools can work in tandem with human coaches, providing them with valuable insights, recommendations, and analytics.

Overall, using coaching to develop leadership skills is a win-win for all. Organizations cultivate a learning culture that encourages leaders to continuously develop their skills, seek feedback, and embrace new challenges. This mindset permeates the organization and plays a pivotal role in reducing employee turnover, elevating business performance, fostering engagement, and stimulating innovation, growth, and adaptability, all of which are essential for staying competitive in a rapidly changing business landscape.

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Anju Choudhary

Senior Director, Leadership and Business Product Portfolio, Skillsoft

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Anju Choudhary

Senior Director, Leadership and Business Product Portfolio, Skillsoft

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