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Why your managers should be like coaches (Not Bosses)

by Staff Writer
04 Apr 2019 at 22:11hrs | Views
Every business aims to constructively engage, develop and retain the most talented employees. This specific strategy is not merely about developing the person's specific skills but more so about improving business performance and increasing customer satisfaction. It is for this reason that we have seen a shift in the focus on this strategy and the changes in the approach to fostering talent through enhancing confidence and teaching the individuals to identify and perform to their full potential relying on their specific abilities.

Using traditional management skills to lead staff gives rise to directing and training which naturally becomes a direct extension of the responsible managers own style and specific expertise. Optimizing employee performance through coaching naturally encourages the employee to lean on and rely on their personal skills to positively enhance and improve performance, and most importantly, tacitly encourages and improves self-assurance. While managing staff is an important part of any business strategy it limits overall growth and potential to the managers own expertise and business style.

The value in coaching is that you teach and train staff to identify their own potential, strengths and value. .

Constructive Feedback Encourages Commitment & Teamwork

Constructive feedback promotes mutual commitment and aids effective developing effective communication. An employee that must wait 6 months for performance evaluation is frequently left feeling despondent and undervalued after the evaluation.

Performance evaluation should never be about solely pointing out or calling attention to the potential employee's lack of performance but rather about identifying areas that need focus and attention while also acknowledging positive growth and notable achievements.  

It is for this reason that coaching is successful within the work environment. Ongoing assessment, motivation and positive performance acknowledgment creates an engaging environment that drives positive performance.

It is significant to remember that a performance evaluation not only about measuring the employee's performances but in addition allows the opportunity for the company to evaluate and identify key areas within their own strategies that require attention. With constant feedback and key recommendation, a manager can encourage commitment. Commitment not only molds a unified teamwork culture but also encourages transparent and direct communication. Excellent communication converts into a positive work environment that encourages a unified source of extensive knowledge, key innovation, and a combined source of essential skills.

Commitment To Improved Confidence Encourages Professional Growth

A fundamental lack of confidence stunts and limits an employee's optimal performance. The employee is more inclined to stick to achieving what is expected than to reach their own potential which is ultimately what every employer expects. Coaching encourages the employee to identify and develop their intellectual abilities, potential strengths, and fundamental weaknesses. Improved performance develops self-assurance and commitment.
Improved employee commitment through coaching promotes:

  • Positive communication engagement within the organization
  • Mutual trust
  • Clear objectives
  • Realistic performance expectations
  • Improved team work
  • An effective source of moral support
  • Create improved opportunities through skills and performance development
  • Boost morale and productivity

In Summary

Typically having the wheels all moving in the same direction efficiently generates forward motion.This is the same concept within a team. For the organization to move efficiently forwards toward growth, each specific individual within the organization should typically be working toward the same overall objectives. When you have members within a team each working and performing toward their sole goals, or in some instance, underperforming within that team, that forward motion is limited.

The benefits of coaching are not purely for the employee's personal development but are overall a good business decision. Improved teamwork through better communication and developed self-confidence keeps performance progressing satisfactorily. With the proper coaching, you are encouraging each member within the workplace team to not merely develop their personal growth but to also teach through shared skills and knowledge.

Source - Byo24News