6 Core Skills of a Leader who Develops Talent
Leaders face turbulent situations, diverse personalities, and multiple opportunities all while developing talent.
Talent development is the best development.
Coaching-leaders passionately develop talent and deliver results at the same time.
Powerful conversations are the coaching-leader’s path to remarkable results.
Coaching-leaders focus on developing strengths and maximizing capacity.
6 core coaching skills:
- Self-awareness and energy management:
- Develop awareness of your energy state.
- Notice the impact of your energy on others.
- Manage energy before conversations. How are you approaching this conversation?
- Monitor and manage energy during conversations. Watch for joy and frustration during powerful conversations.
- Curious questioning:
- Invite input and expect differing opinions.
- Seek to understand the values, assumptions, and goals of others.
- Pursue new ways of seeing by inviting others in.
- Open listening:
- Remain respectful when others speak. Reject personal assumptions and expectations.
- Listen for aspiration. What motivates them?
- Watch body language and monitor emotions. How do they feel and what does that say about this topic?
- Appreciative discovery:
- Look for untapped talents, strengths, and capabilities.
- Explore new options and opportunities for service.
- Generate enthusiasm by connecting with aspiration and motivation.
- Catalytic feedback:
- Talk about what’s working and what’s getting in the way.
- Set achievable goals and celebrate small wins.
- Reinforce positive behaviors with praise.
- Heightened engagement:
- Stay focused on results while building relationships.
- Define success together, agree on next steps, and how progress will be reviewed.
- Review progress, identify relevant learning, and celebrate achievement.
(Adapted from, Coaching for Engagement.)
Begin with self awareness and end with heightened engagement. Approach the six core coaching skills as a sequential trail to a mountain peak.
Which coaching skill has been most useful to you? How?
Which coaching skill is most challenging? How might leaders develop it?