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.

6 core coaching skills


Powerful conversations are the coaching-leader’s path to remarkable results.

Coaching-leaders focus on developing strengths and maximizing capacity.

6 core coaching skills:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. Appreciative discovery:
    • Look for untapped talents, strengths, and capabilities.
    • Explore new options and opportunities for service.
    • Generate enthusiasm by connecting with aspiration and motivation.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.)

Surprising strategy:

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?