This myth/truth combination helped me to understand what team coaching calls should accomplish AND what my roll as a leader is in relationship to those calls. So, leadership Myth #4 is: You have to coach your team members. I always had a hard time with this because I didn’t think I was very good at it. I compared myself to others – or should I say, what I thought others were doing to coach their team.
My coaching calls always seemed to focus on encouraging and inspiring my team. If they are struggling – encourage them, if they are ROCKING – encourage/ celebrate them! So, can you guess that the TRUTH is? Help your team members FEEL successful until they ARE successful. This seems like something that I can do better than coaching them. When I think of coaching, I am taken back to a time when I watched Belinda’s gymnastics, field hockey and cheer coach constantly push them to be better. TOUGH love which has never been my style.
Here is the 4-step touch program that Dana Wilde shared on a recent call:
- Start with success – what is going right in your business?
- Focus on building ONE skill at a time. What are they working on, then give advice/suggestions.
- Agree on an action that they will work on between now and the next time
- Remind them how great they are.
This sounds like something that I can do…what about you? As a parent, isn’t this what we do for our kids? This is exactly what Thirty One is all about
CELEBRATE – ENCOURAGE – REWARD
The only difference is that we are now doing this on the phone or during a one-on-one session with members of our team.
I can be a cheerleader so much better than I can be a coach – or am I both? I really am not sure but I think I would prefer to act like a Cheer-leader in my leadership style.
What is your style – cheerleader or coach? Share your thoughts with us on this Myth and Truth.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!