Leader as Coach

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 […]
September 23, 2013

Ten Steps on Your Way to Leader as Coach

I use the term Leader as Coach and train leaders how to lead as coaches. We define effective leadership as a manager’s ability to demonstrate the emotion, cognition, behavior, and communication that create rewarding employee experiences, and in turn, unforgettable customer experiences, which drive superior outcomes. The way you present yourself as leader is determined by how you Feel. Think. Act. and Talk. When delivered well, this behavior creates an environment where everyone profits, as illustrated below.
August 26, 2013

Eureka! Stop trying so hard!

The ancient Greek scientist Archimedes, directed by the king to determine if a golden crown was pure gold or an alloy, worked real hard on the solution. But he solved the problem when he took a break and stepped into his bath. Then, the story goes, he ran naked down the streets screaming, “Eureka!” the Greek word for “I found it!” Archimedes Method 1. Understand the problem. 2. Think real hard. 3. Take a bath. 4. Realize the solution. 5. […]
August 19, 2013

Raising the bar on performance sparks motivation and engagement

Leadership is constantly challenged by the problem of how to motivate and engage high performance. It turns out that raising the bar or turning up the heat is the best way increase both motivation and engagement. We know from tons of research that extrinsic rewards like money, recognition, fame, and the like do very little to truly motivate employees to perform at their optimum level. Rather, leaders can encourage intrinsic motivation by creating an environment that fosters challenging experiences. Ideally, […]
August 5, 2013

Mediocrity Kills Great Leadership

“Tyranny of Incrementalism will kill organizations.” —Mike Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas Most organizations and leaders resort to incremental change. Instead of following through with all the deliberate practices required of an intimate leader in order to implement full and sustainable change, too many simply: Make modest adjustments that will maintain the status quo under the same overall patterns Do not question the fundamental assumptions on which management is based Do not change any of the key elements of the company’s […]