Coaching for Leadership
1 | Confirm a client's readiness for coaching
- What do you really, really want - right now?
- May I challenge your norms, assumptions, and approaches to help you get better results?
- Do you have the capacity (time, energy, skills, attention) to begin living into this dream now?
- What would you need to give up, drop, or defer to fulfill this dream?
- What does "qualifying the client" look like for a coach?
- Who needs to convince me that they worth taking on a client?
2 | Focus on helping clients change their behaviors
- What's working for you? What should you keep doing?
- What could you do more frequently, to get better results?
- How could you improve your results by multiplying your efforts through others?
- What are the key success factors that we need to pay attention to?
- What's your super power? When and where could you use it more often?
- How would my coaching change if I only got paid for my results?
- What does "leading well" look like for the clients I coach?
3 | List which types of leadership coaching energize you
Do I enjoy helping leaders set, review, celebrate, and learn from their goals?
Do I enjoy helping leaders develop new habits and routines?
Do I enjoy helping leaders think strategically? Think outside of the box?
Do I enjoy helping clients lead paid and volunteer teams?
Do I enjoy helping clients change the culture of their workplaces?
Do I enjoy working with clients on a short-term basis or do I prefer long-term relationships?
Do I do my best work helping clients work around their weaknesses or build on their strengths?
4 | List who will help you grow as a coach / leader
- What do I want to be different in my life? What's ripe for reinvention?
- Where do I need greater clarity about my preferred future?
- In what ways could a coach help me redeploy my time, energies, skills, and other resources?
- What's life-giving right now for me? How can I do more of it?
- What's life-draining right now for me? How can I eliminate it or do less of it?
- With whom do I wish to spend more time with in the future? How can that become a reality?
- Where in my life would I like to see more gratitude and generosity?
- What have I been tolerating lately? What is the lack of action costing me?
- When am I at my best with clients? How can I create more of those moments?
- How will my coaching help my clients dream? Design their future? Delegate more often? Do what matters?
- In what ways could I be more intentional with clients about setting norms and expectations?
5 | Feedback is the foundation for future growth
- What feedback loops do I create in my coaching conversations?
- What feedback loops do I create for long-term coaching clients?
- What feedback loops do I need to create to consistently improve my coaching?
- What should I be asking my clients more often to make sure I'm meeting their needs?
- Who else can help me evaluate my coaching impact?
- How can I, as a coach, create an "autopsies without blame" culture when it comes to evaluating people, programs, experiments, etc.?
- What am I hearing from clients about the ways that their lives and their leadership capacities are improving? What patterns am I seeing based on their comments?
- What does my "follow up" process look like for current and past clients?
REFLECTIONS | QUESTIONS
- How would you describe leadership? What does it mean to lead well?
- How can coaches help leaders raise up new leaders, not just more followers?
- How will you help the leaders you coach have greater impact in the future?
How would you describe leadership? I'm a empowering leader. I use the phrase "multiplying ministers".
As a pastor, I try to encourage people with their God given gifts, to test them out. I cheer them on and support them in any way I can. But it's their baby. Whatever they need to get started and feel confident is key. I like working with "low directive" people. They are go getters. They just need permission, cheering on, and someone to accompany them until they are ready to fly.
What does it mean to lead well? To lead well for me, is to "make, mature, and mobilize apostolic disciples for Jesus" (my D.Min. Dissertation. That each leader/church member is living to the fullest what God created them to be.
How can coaches help leaders raise up new leaders, not just more followers? "multiply yourself" equip and empower someone to do what you are/were doing and let them do it their way, not your way. This takes patience, some guidance (depending on diligence and determination and confidence of the one you are raising up). Equip someone to do what you are doing so you can do something else.
How will you help the leaders you coach have greater impact in the future? I will have them begin with the end in mind. What would it look like if you were thriving as a leader? Kickin' tail in doing what you do best? What would it look like building a team of leaders in sync and thriving synergistically together>