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Teaching Managers How to Coach

Being a great leader means having the ability to coach others–it is an essential skill required of almost every successful manager in today’s world. The days of demanding unwavering loyalty to leadership regardless of the circumstances are long gone.

Nowadays, leaders use coaching and collaboration as tools for managing. Failure to apply such methods when dealing with your team means you will not be able to achieve long-term, effective, and sustainable results for yourself or your institution. It is important that you know what a certified executive coach is and how one could help you when dealing with such matters. 

Coaching requires both skill and time. It is the act or behavior of assisting others to become or perform better, and not something that comes naturally to everyone. Knowing this can help you clearly answer the question of what a leadership coach does.

In some cases, coaching is focused on improving a leader’s existing abilities; in others, it targets developing entirely new skills. Regardless, it is an essential tool. Effective coaching by managers can accelerate the development of employees and the ability of institutions to achieve their goals.

You may wonder why all managers aren’t already coaching. It could be that they don’t fully appreciate the importance of coaching, lack the skills to do it, or think they don’t have enough time to devote to coaching others. 

Here are some ways to overcome these challenges and learn to be a good coach.

Ask the Right Questions

It may seem simple, but good questions lead to good answers. As a manager, you need to base your conversation with your employees on the issues that are important to them. It is a coaching technique that will help you develop strong relationships with your team and determine if they are curious enough to support change. Asking good questions will also let you know if your employees can perform their duties, improve in certain areas, and whether they have a positive attitude toward work.

Always Take a Positive Approach

If you want to be a good coach and a manager simultaneously, you must have a positive outlook even in the toughest situations. A positive attitude toward difficult circumstances will help you and those around you react in a manner that promotes positive change.

Listen Well and Empower Others

With effective coaching, you learn to be both encouraging and empowering. This means that as a manager, you must work with employees to build sustainable relationships that are result-oriented and improve performance.

If given the opportunity, your employees will likely have lots of input, questions, and feedback to offer. To encourage this type of interaction, they need to know you are interested to hear their views and welcome them to share their ideas.

Coaching Is All About the Moment

Coaching is usually more effective when done at the moment. For instance, if one of your team members comes to you with a question regarding a particular process or procedure, you can take the opportunity to teach them something new right then.

Most individuals learn best by doing, so it’s best if you coach as you go. If you are too busy at that moment, do all you can to schedule some time for later that day or week. Your employees will appreciate the fact that you took the time to show them how things are done. From there, they can go on to teach others who may have the same question.

In Summary

Managers and leaders are essential to the success of any business, and they need the right coaching skills to be effective and productive. Continuous coaching can significantly help with onboarding and retention, skill improvement, knowledge sharing, and performance. In addition, being able to coach others can be an effective tool for reinforcing and transferring knowledge and skills.

For the best possible coach training for any company manager, Symbiosis Coaching is the way to go. Reach out today to learn more about our corporate coaching programs!

Certified NLP Coach

Program Description: The Certified NLP Coach program allows you to incorporate very powerful NLP techniques you’re your day-to-day coaching practice.

ICF Training Hours: 65

Duration: 25-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Certified Organizational Development Coach

Program Description:

The Certified Organizational Development Coach program is an exclusive and very unique program, designed for coaches who wish to coach entire organizations with their Organizational Development and Change Management goals. This program provides you with 65 ICF training hours - more than enough for the ACC credential. Over a series of 25 weekly lectures, it prepares you to deal with volatile group dynamics across entire organizations. Topics including OD interventions, Team Engagement, Buyer Behavior of internal customers, The Tripod of Success, Ensuring Sustainability, Performance-Retention correlation, Strategies to influence behavior - and many more - are covered in detail.

Coaches are introduced to the ARCS Model, as well as to the Organizational Culture Audit Toolkit. Employee motivation, satisfaction, and productivity are discussed, as well as their impact on the performance of the organization as a whole. Students are introduced to various Change Management models including Lewin's Planned Change model, the ADKAR Change Management model, and Kotter's 8 steps of Change Management. Resistance to change and its manifestation are discussed, as is Behavior Modification.

Upon completing this program, Certified Organizational Development Coaches will have all the tools they need to affect positive transformation within organizations, and will be able to coach teams and personnel at all levels - including initiators, decision makers, influencers, and intervention implementers.

In addition to coaches who are launching their own Corporate Coaching practices, this is an essential program for HR professionals, Training and Development Professionals, Managers, and Corporate Leaders who wish to implement internal policies and OD processes to guide their companies and people through ongoing change.

ICF Training Hours: 65

Duration: 25-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Certified Executive Coach

Program Description

The Certified Executive Coach program has been designed for coaches who wish to coach managers, executives, and corporate leaders. The goal of this program is to cultivate a deep understanding of how the executive coaching process works as well as some of the challenges that come up in executive coaching conversations.

This program has been approved by the International Coaching Federation for 32 hours, and it comprises of 12 live, instructor-led, fully interactive virtual classes offered over zoom. These classes cover various aspects of executive coaching including, but not limited to Effective Collaboration, Performance Management, Upskilling, Conflict Management, Effective Collaboration, Developing Team Members, and many more.

This program has a very unique, hands-on, experiential structure. Classes are focused on active participation by students through real life Coaching Challenges and discussions of real life executive coaching situations.

ICF Training Hours: 32

Duration: 12-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Certified Life Coach

Program Description:

The Certified life Coach program is an essential program for anyone considering coaching as a profession. The goal of this program is to create a deep understanding of the coaching process, along with how and why it is effective in catalyzing shifts in the mindset to create positive, sustainable transformation.

The training is based on the ICF’s core coaching competencies. It focuses on skills that lead to effective coaching conversations and that are required to build a successful coaching business. It evokes awareness about how identity, thoughts, and feelings determine mindset; and why a change in Think Feel Do impacts the achievement of goals though a change in this mindset.

This program is approved by the International Coaching Federation for 95 hours and comprises 24 live, instructor led, fully interactive virtual sessions offered over Zoom. These lectures cover all aspects of coaching – topics such as Human Emotions and the Brain, Coaching through Emotional Intelligence, The Belief System, Coaching Process and Structure, Deep Listening, Setting Worthy Goals, Asking Insightful Questions, Addressing Client Resistance, Coaching Groups, The Business of Coaching, and many more. These are complemented with a library of reading and reference material, coaching challenges based on various real-life coaching situations, extensive hands-on coaching practice, and assignments designed to trigger reflection on and mastery of coaching skills.

ICF Training Hours: 95

Duration: 24-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Class Schedule
ProgramStart DateClass TimesClass Schedule
Certified Life CoachMonday, July 22nd10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 24-weeks
Certified Organizational Development CoachTueday, July 23rd10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 25-weeks
Certified Executive CoachWednesday, July 24th10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 12-weeks
Certified NLP CoachThursday, July 25th10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 25-weeks
Level 1/2 - ACC/PCC
Mentoring
Friday, August 9th10:30am ET (FULL)
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 1-hour
for 6-sessions PLUS 4 one-on-
one sessions with mentor
Level 1/2 - ACC/PCC
Mentoring
Friday, September 27th10:30am ETOnce a week, 1-hour
for 6-sessions PLUS 4 one-on-
one sessions with mentor