Leader as Coach Tips & Tools

Align4Profit Leadership Development Blog

In the following posts of the Align4Profit leadership development blog, you’ll find fascinating news, helpful advice, and easy-to-implement leader-as-coach techniques and tips for leaders in all kinds of organizations.

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July 27, 2015

12 Ways to Give Great Feedback

Too often feedback afflicts both managers and employees with fear and loathing—the fear of an upcoming feedback session and the loathing that follows. All of it unnecessary. Keeping ten positive principles in mind can help you to start giving great feedback immediately. Before we visit what to do, take a look this three-minute video from the Center for Creative Leadership. It identifies ten common mistakes many leaders make trying to avoid tough feedback challenges. Now that you know what not […]
July 13, 2015

Why Women Leaders Still Fall Behind

Women are making huge strides around the world. As I write, the victorious women of the United States national soccer team are enjoying their ticker-tape parade in New York City—the first such honor for a women’s sports team. Have you noticed women’s success in sports? Female athletes took 55.8 percent of all Olympic medals for the US in 2012 and 60 percent of their total medals. And it’s not just sports where you find women in the vanguard. Corporations with […]
July 6, 2015

Five Ways Extraordinary Leaders Motivate

Some leaders motivate much more effectively than others. The greatest examples come to mind immediately. Born in South Africa, I think first of Nelson Mandela. But we have many examples to emulate. As a leader within an organization, you probably won’t be asked to transform a nation by motivating its population, but you can transform yourself into an extraordinary leader. You can begin by studying how great leaders motivate and incorporate their methods into your current set of leadership skills. […]
June 29, 2015

How Rudeness Ruins Work

Christine Porath, an associate professor at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, has been studying the rise of rudeness in the workplace for nearly 20 years. Her disturbing findings warrant the attention and response of leaders around the world. She summarizes the gist of her research in her New York Times article, No Time to Be Nice at Work. Even though a growing number of people are disturbed by incivility, I’ve found that it has continued to climb over […]
June 15, 2015

When to Coach. When to Mentor.

Coaches and mentors perform very different functions in the development of the people they help. Their responsibilities overlap, because both are concerned with another’s development. But leaders must recognize the significant differences between coaching and mentoring in order to get the most out of each. Since both, when executed well, profoundly benefit your employees and your organization’s bottom line, it’s important to understand each and provide both. In the graphseen here, I’ve illustrated how coaching and mentoring each contribute to […]
January 21, 2013

One Goal vs. Many Obstacles Leadership Coaching Style

The last two things you ever want to see are the eyes of a lion focused on you. That’s because, should you ever see such a sight, there’s a good chance those eyes will be the last two things you ever see. The lion is known for its incredibly intense focus. So focused is a hunting lion that once it has chosen its prey from a herd, it will often pass up potential victims that unexpectedly come into range on […]
January 14, 2013

Coaching with Courage

I’m sure you’ve heard your share of quotes advising you how to deal with fear. One of the most famous, of course, comes from Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He reminded a Depression-wracked United States, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” So true, especially in the corporate world. But while FDR’s inspirational words can make you feel comfortable, even courageous, in the comfort of you office chair, the challenge is to face fear courageously when it catches you off-guard. As […]
January 7, 2013

Going for the Green is great Leadership Coaching

Leadership Intimacy encourages extraordinary performance. And that encouragement begins at a very basic, even animal level. You learned in the previous post, that the human body interprets unfriendly human interactions such as anger and sarcasm the same way it interprets real, physical threats. Luckily the opposite is true. When you nurture your people with the quality connections that define Leadership Intimacy, their bodies respond with positive physiological effects. They feel better, not just psychologically, but physically.
December 17, 2012

Running in the Red is poor Leadership Coaching

As exceptional as we humans are, compared to our cousin mammals, we are still heavily influenced by our animal nature. And while human culture has changed dramatically over the past few thousand years, our bodies work pretty much the same they did when we lived in caves. When your body senses anything it interprets as dangerous or anything that demands increased physical action, it jumps into stress mode. That’s great if you’re a quarterback fleeing a linebacker about to sack […]