Globally, HR and Talent Development professionals are called on to provide coaching for leaders and high potentials. Holding coaching sessions with leaders has proven to develop their abilities faster than sending them to training programs. These conversations also become a model for leaders to use coaching to better engage and develop their employees. After an intensive study, Google found their #1 leadership competency is to Be a Good Coach. The success and ongoing growth of corporate coaching is due to one fact – it works, especially when other attempts at motivation and influence don’t.
Coaching is a specific skill set; it is not the same as giving feedback and advice. Whether or not you attend an accredited coach training program, there are critical steps you can take now to use a coaching approach in your conversations with leaders and high potentials in your organization.