Coaches in the Workplace: Who Needs One?
By Sally Starbuck Stamp, MC, BCC Gifted Leaders, LLC
If the word “coach” conjures up images of running laps, doing drills, and being yelled at by a jock wannabe with a whistle around his neck, you might be understandably hesitant to explore this relatively new approach to professional development.
However, coaching is a proven learning strategy for delivering desired results such as enhanced communication, better collaboration, and increased employee satisfaction. In fact, one-on-one coaching is rated the most effective method for developing management and leadership skills, according to a survey by the American Management Association.
What is Coaching and What Do Coaches Do?
While a consultant is hired for his or her expertise in a particular area, a coach is your confidante, sounding board, and trusted thinking partner. The coach uses questions and conversation in confidential meetings focused on your specific agenda, to help you come up with your own answers.
Coaching through inquiry helps you tap into your natural strengths and talents to make desired changes. It helps you develop flexibility and adaptability, create awareness of your shortcomings, and build commitment to self-development and achievement.
A good coach will:
- Help you clarify challenges and discover aspirations
- Encourage self-discovery and reflection
- Challenge and encourage you to expand your horizons
- Help you generate solutions and strategies
- Make you accountable for your commitments.
With coaching, you’ll set better goals, take more action, and make better decisions.
A coach can help you grow personally and professionally. So, ask yourself:
- Do I want to improve some aspect of my life or work performance?
- Am I open to feedback and willing to create positive change?
If both your answers are “yes,” hiring a coach may be a great option to help you achieve your goals and produce fulfilling results in your personal and professional life.
About the Author
About Gifted Leaders Gifted Leaders, LLC is an established executive/team coaching and organization development consultancy based in Metro Phoenix, AZ, serving clients nationwide. Our talented coaches and consultants specialize in delivering customized programs for individual leadership development, leadership coaching, team coaching, team development and organization development.