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

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.

cheerleader

 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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