Coaching for new leaders
In the last 10-15 years, coaching has been one of the fastest growing industries in the world.
There are many reasons for this. The most compelling one in my mind is that the development is 100% targetted to the individual. It is no longer enough to send a rising star to a ‘leadership development training program’. These programs, although extremely content rich, provide just in case learning. The leader can use the tools she learns now if they happen to be relevant. If not, she files them away in her mind just in case she needs them later.
The problem with this approach is that, often, there will be a significant time delay between the learning and the need to use it and important information is lost – often leading to additional development activities to meet the immediate need!
Leadership Coaching, in direct contrast, provides just in time development where the focus is on what’s happening for the individual leader right now. There are leadership coaches that specialise in various areas such as Career Progression, Strategy, People Management…the list is endless.
Often, a person is appointed (promoted) into a leadership role without being offered proper support and tools to succeed in that capacity. A person can be a technical genius, but leading people requires a set of skills and an approach that do not come naturally to everyone!
The best thing you can do is to partner your new or aspiring leader with a coach (or mentor) that specialises in people management. This will give them the best possible foundation for being a highly successful leader for your business.