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The coaching leader

The benefits of a coaching culture and resources to develop your leadership skills.

By Rebecca Reid

June 11, 2019

Students walking across campus with Denver skyline in background.In a previous Learning Nook segment, I talked about the rapid change happening in the workforce as well as within higher education. In its report Building a Coaching Culture for Change Management, the Human Capital Institute and the International Coach Federation  looks at the role of coaching through change within organizations. By developing a coaching culture and skillfully applying coaching principles, all leaders at Metropolitan State University of Denver can improve performance and position ourselves as the model urban university for opportunity, diversity, excellence and transformation.

What is coaching?

“Partnering with coachee(s) in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”

            -- ICF

What is a Coaching Leader?

“A leader who uses coaching knowledge, approaches and skills to create awareness and support behavior change.”

            -- Building a Coaching Culture for Change Management

Why should we develop a coaching culture?

“Companies with strong coaching cultures outscore their competition by 21 percent in investments in employee development and by 30 percent in employee-engagement survey scores.”

-- Stephen Newman, Association of Talent Development

“A strong coaching culture is correlated with most of the indicators of a high-performing organization, including success at large-scale strategic change.”

            -- Building a Coaching Culture for Change Management

Key finding from the HCI and ICF research:

  • High-performing organizations have stronger change-management capabilities.
  • Coaching is one of the most helpful ways to develop change-management capabilities.
  • Organizations with strong coaching cultures are more likely to have better talent and business outcomes.

Resources for Roadrunners to develop coaching skills

Academic Impressions: Coaching in Supervision

Duration: Digital recordings divided into six 10-minute modules.

Learn how using coaching methods can enable you to more effectively supervise your direct reports. Throughout the training, we will cover four common situations where coaching can be useful and explore five coaching skills in action. Whether delivering difficult feedback or encouraging direct reports to take the next step in their career, coaching can be a helpful tool for supervisors. Coaching and Developing Employees

Duration: 54 minutes, 4 seconds

Harness the power of coaching in the workplace. Learn how to shift from a command-and-control style of management to a manager-as-coach style of leader. The course includes assessments, exercises and tools to help your team capture goals, map a career trajectory and accelerate growth, along with sample coaching conversations to help you see these tips in practice and understand their potential impact on your people, productivity and results.

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