Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel

Leadership Myth #4

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:

  1. Start with success – what is going right in your business?
  2. Focus on building ONE skill at a time.  What are they working on, then give advice/suggestions.
  3. Agree on an action that they will work on between now and the next time
  4. 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


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!

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