Uncovering the Power of Coaching Mindset is broader than just having the skills of coaching.
In my view, it starts by having a firm belief in growth, meaning that we can all improve and better ourselves through learning and practice, thus having a positive mindset about possibilities instead of restrictions, leading from inspiration rather than from authority.
Why Leaders Need a Coaching Mindset
Coaching leaders often see opportunities where others don’t. They are able to see new solutions through creative thinking, rather than relying on existing knowledge and/or constraints.
Leaders with a coaching mindset look beyond the surface of things, they probe deeper and are genuinely curious about what is going on, instead of following assumptions.
They are unafraid of admitting they don’t know and instead invest in asking the right questions that will elicit new, unknown answers. They ask for feedback regularly.
Let’s take a closer look at what a coaching mindset looks like in practice, and how coaching can be incorporated into your leadership style for better results.
10 Steps to Develop a Coaching Mindset
- Start by having a firm belief in growth, meaning that we can all improve and better ourselves through learning and practice.
- Stay curious longer, hold back giving advice or solutions and actively listen to others instead of jumping to give an opinion or a solution.
- Practice active listening and asking open-ended questions to elicit new insights and ideas.
- Be unafraid of admitting you don’t know, and invest in asking the right questions that will elicit new, unknown answers. Ask for feedback regularly.
- Set clear goals and expectations for yourself and your team, and regularly review progress towards those goals.
- Encourage creativity and experimentation, and be open to trying new approaches and strategies.
- Practice empathy and compassion, and seek to understand the perspectives and experiences of your team members.
- Be open to feedback and constructive criticism, and use it as an opportunity to learn and improve.
- Celebrate successes and recognize the contributions of your team members, no matter how small.
- Continuously reflect on your own performance and seek opportunities for personal and professional growth.
Developing a coaching mindset takes time and effort, but the benefits are well worth it. Not only will you become a better leader, but you will also empower your team to grow and succeed.
Remember, a coaching mindset is about believing in growth, staying curious,