A Quality of Thought: High Performance Leadership is … Coaching Before Managing
We know – from much research, professional development literature and, of course, our own hard-earned experience (both as leader and the led) – that a coaching style of leadership is one of the most positively impactful, over the long term.
But as a leader, that thought and good intention can easily be forgotten in the moment. So, try this: and see it from your charge’s point of view:
- After I’ve been coached by you: my energy and power are way UP.
- After I’ve been managed by you: my energy and power are way DOWN.
After I’ve been coached, I take that energy and power into the world. My high performance leader has reawoken spirit in me. I have breathed it in. (Inspire literally means “to breathe in”.)
But after I’ve been managed … I’ve just been managed. And little more.
“If either quality of a performance or learning from the experience is important, coaching is a must. If neither is, then tell – if you must.” — Sir John Whitmore