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Applying Coaching Skills for Effective Team Leadership

written byErickson Coaching Internationalon 17/04/2020

One of the most effective ways to achieve a learning culture within any organization is to work from the inside out. Using Erickson Coaching International’s proven Solution-Focused coaching methodology, leaders and managers can cultivate long-term leadership solutions. This leadership approach has taught industry leaders how to guide employees to unlock their true potential by empowering them to solve issues and obstacles on their own.

Within Solution-Focused coaching, there are many frameworks available to help managers grow into successful leaders. By exploring coaching skills, managers can use these frameworks to improve team dynamics, open up communication, and increase employee retention.

Coaching skills improve leadership style

Erickson’s coaching methodology assists business leaders and managers to look inward and discover techniques, tools, and processes that produce significant improvements for teams and organizations. Every leader would like to inspire collaboration, communication, and initiative, and the Solution-Focused method is designed to help business leaders transform their approach to problem-solving so that their teams can thrive.

The first step in the Solution-Focused coaching method is to adopt a clear focus on the future. First, leaders are taught to approach every problem with a positive frame of mind. Then they set goals and develop a systematic plan. With this approach, they create a system of accountability that adheres to the organization’s values. Ultimately, the Solution-Focused coaching method helps leaders begin to uncover ways to help teams improve, which leads to lasting changes within the organization.

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Solution-Focused coaching highlights employees’ strengths

One of the most significant challenges leaders face is building strong bonds that support positive, lasting behavioral changes in their teams. To address this problem, leaders and managers turn to Solution-Focused coaching as a positive way to build a strong team foundation that strengthens business relationships through trust, listening, and empathy.

After a foundation of trust has been built, other aspects of the Solution-Focused method begin to unfold. For example, active listening skills help managers focus on particular and continuous attention. By understanding the need to act as a safe support system for their teams and encourage diversity of thought, leaders find that this method fosters stronger communication between teams.

Developing a stronger team dynamic begins to form as a strategic focus on mutual respect, and a stronger rapport becomes central. In addition to active listening, learning to use powerful questioning techniques for constructive, open-ended feedback will eventually guide team members to discover their own answers.

Solution-Focused coaching is meant to be actionable. This process helps teams create structure around setting goals and empowering themselves to achieve those goals. It’s common for people to focus on problems - like not hitting a sales goal - rather than emphasizing the actions behind the desired results. What steps from past interactions helped them generate leads through the sales cycle, and how do they replicate those in other interactions? How can they build upon small victories instead of focusing on failures? This focus of emphasizing the actions rather than the end results helps employees feel more empowered to achieve their goals and encourages them to be more solution-oriented.

Focusing on what’s working well and building on successes will help employees realign their thinking and gradually create new behavior patterns. Over time, positive outcomes will result as leaders instill accountability, time management skills, and self-discipline. These actions set the team and the organization on the path toward long-term success.

Solution-Focused coaching drives results

Solution-Focused coaching drives change in organizations. In fact, a lasting benefit is that behavioral changes shift companies toward a learning culture. Employees learn how to examine their values and choose the best course of action. As employees improve their self-discipline rather than relying on directives from managers, the culture within the organization begins to evolve.

Additionally, the Solution-Focused coaching method leads to lasting changes in managers’ leadership styles. These improvements then trigger a trickle-down effect within the organization. Determining action steps and celebrating goals lead to improved employee time management and an increase in positive actions and accountability.

Coaching is part science, part art. Leaders are regularly challenged to ask questions, lend support, and facilitate development while remaining self-reflective. By proactively addressing the needs of the organization, whether the goal is change management or a period of rapid growth, leaders can focus on guiding their teams rather than just issuing directives. The Solution-Focused coaching method is a process by which leaders and managers develop an entirely new set of skills in both themselves and in their team to support both individual and organizational productivity and growth.

Organizations are complex systems, and leaders and managers are constantly challenged to exemplify the culture and drive the bottom line. Managers who utilize the Solution-Focused coaching method ultimately change organizations from within by proactively finding opportunities for improvement and motivating employees to take accountability, collaborate, and facilitate development within the organization.