Coaching is based on a relationship between two people and involves giving support, developing potential and enhancing performance in employees or colleagues. Knowing how and when to coach is an essential skill for leaders in developing individuals and teams.

Coaching focuses on helping another person learn in ways that help them grow personally or professionally. It is based on asking questions rather than telling, stirring thought rather than giving directions as well as encouraging and supporting risk-taking. A coach can be a seasoned professional who has “been there, done that”.

Effective coaching can assist others in achieving their goals. Each of us has personal or professional experiences that can be valuable to help others gain awareness and insight to where they want to go and how to get there. I encourage you to reach out to a colleague or a Young New Professional within IAIP, listen carefully to their needs and desires, provide feedback, and help them take that next step towards reaching their goals.

In the CLP course Coaching Conversations, you will learn how coaching can be used to develop your team, what the behaviors and practices are of an effective coach and how to identify others’ strengths and give feedback.

To learn more about Coaching Conversations or any of the CLP courses, check out the Certified Leadership Program.

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