Coaching Leadership in Practice

Coaching Leadership in Practice is the key for a leader to sustainable leadership, motivated employees and good results

Leadership is communication and relationships. In addition with good leadership, you create good results through motivated and self-going employees, in fact, this will have an effect on the financial result and provide good conditions for creating a sustainable and healthy work environment for you and your employees.

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Program structure

The education in Coaching Leadership in Practice is a four-day education. Firstly and during the first two days, you focus on the coaching approach and on how to take advantage of the power of your employees. Secondly, during the other two days we start from our own propeller model® which clarifies how you cannot only, but need, balance your responsiveness in the coaching approach with being a clear manager and an inspiring leader.  In conclusion, it is only when the three different roles are balanced that you get a large, powerful propeller and act with full energy towards goals and results. An unbalanced propeller does the opposite.

The unique thing about CoachCompanions’ training in leadership is that we have a holistic approach – that means we take the leadership from a holistic perspective based on the three roles – manager, leader, and coach. The so-called propeller model is trademark protected and CoachCompanions’ own. It describes the importance of having a good balance between the ability to be a clear manager, an inspiring leader, and a responsive coach. In addition, you get in the program concrete tools that you can immediately translate into your own everyday life when you get home. More workshops and less theory. The coaching leadership in practice!

Good leadership gives effects such as increased productivity, reduced sick leave, satisfied employees and customers, as well as goals and results.

The program includes:
  • 4 full days of training from 9am to 5pm.
  • Handouts and “Coaching leadership in practice – The Propeller method” with all training material created by CoachCompanion.
  • On-demand support during all training days.
  • Peer-coaching with other program participants (voluntary but recommended).
  • Free membership to the CoachCompanion ALUMNI network. 
  • Coffee, tea and cookies. Breakfast and lunch.

Note that the class size is limited to 12 participants and all sessions will be held on site at CoachCompanion Romania, in the heart of Cluj.

Program Contents

The coaching approach is a two-day training with a mix of theory and exercises. During the days you get concrete tools that you can take with you and apply directly to your business.

You get tools for developing your active listening, asking powerful questions, goals and goals, values ​​in working life and simple tools to motivate your employees and development in the art of giving feedback.

Presentation of the Propeller model and what it means. Self-assessment based on the model. Prerequisites required for the propeller method to work. Consequences if it doesn’t. Who am I as a clear manager, inspirational leader and responsive coach.

The unplanned conversation. The difficult conversation. Conflict. To coach more than one person at the same time.

How will I learn?

What methods do you use? What approach do you have?
Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is the most efficient way for acquiring new skills that remain with you. You get concrete tools that you can immediately put into practice, while you also get to experience their impact on yourself. All our programs are based on experiential learning: this means we rarely use presentations and lectures in-class. The learning is done through a lot of practice and exercises where the participants learn by doing, observing, experiencing, self-reflection and feedback from their peers, which are essential for creating awareness and making an impact. Of course, handouts and materials are sent at the end of each module, but practice is the key.

Volcano® Coaching

Volcano® coaching is a holistic approach to doing coaching. We use this metaphor to refer to the sleeping power source of the untapped potential which we bring to life. For long-term results we discovered that self-awareness is the key element to help clients achieve goals. Anchoring the goals into a strong foundation ensures their fulfilment. All our 15+ years of experience of coaching are gathered in this powerful, modern approach to doing coaching. With very carefully chosen exercises and experiential learning you set a goal from knowing your true self and your values. From knowing what gifts and talents you have and with awareness of your dreams and visions you find the energy and power; and in this you find your motivation to reach your goals.

Appreciation

What you focus on grows! This is something that guides us as coaches and is also deeply rooted into the way we do training and into the flow of our coaching programs. As a coach you have unyielding faith into your client and see their greatness. You don’t need somebody to tell you what’s wrong, you grow when somebody gives you feedback on what you do good. We build on what is already there because you have the potential and the answer lies within you. As a participant in our program, you will deeply experience what that means and know that your uniqueness makes you the best coach you can be.

In addition and as a bonus, CoachCompanion invites all our program participants to join us for a Swedish Fika, on all training days. The Fika is a uniquely Swedish tradition, of mingling over coffee and specific Swedish delicacies. Therefore we offer all participants a yummy start to the day with a delicious breakfast buffet, to go with their morning coffee, as well as an afternoon coffee break with organic treats. Enjoy your Fika as you mingle with a great mix of participants who share their experiences with each other from day one!

Are you still not convinced what to do next? Have a look at the section below and you will understand more !

What is Coaching Leadership?​

Coaching Leadership refers to the leadership style in which the leader applies coaching skills and cultivates a coaching approach and a coaching mindset as part of their leadership style.

Do you need to be a professional coach in order to be a coaching leader? Not necessarily! Of course, that would be ideal: having a thorough coach education will deepen the experience of what coaching is both professionally and personally and you can better pass that forward to those around you, but you can definitely apply coaching in your leadership style without being a professional coach and still witness the tremendous advantages that this will bring both to you and your team.

Challenges that coaching leadership addresses.

As a leader you need to find and nurture the talents in your team, while keeping your focus on achieving business results.

  • How do you keep your team members engaged and motivated?
  • How do you reconcile the human behind the employee with the business needs?
  • How do you encourage people to be accountable for their work?
  • How do you time-balance management meetings with unplanned meetings and 1-on-1s?

These are just a couple of challenges leaders face today. Coaching leadership proves that as a leader you don’t need to overburden yourself with other people’s responsibilities and have a solution for everything that comes your way. It provides a healthy and efficient model which is beneficial both for the leader and the team members.

What are the characteristics of a coaching leader?
What does it mean to be a coaching leader?

These are a several benefits of adopting a coaching leadership style. As a coaching leader:

You know yourself and the members of your team. This means you understand what drives you and other people, what is your working style and what is others’ working style. Understanding this means communication is efficient and that any conflicts and misunderstandings that arise will be handled with ease. Moreover, you will know where the company mission and values align with the personal values and motivation of the employees, so lack of engagement becomes a problem of the past.

You delegate efficiently. You don’t feel pressured to help everyone with everything and provide a solution to everyone’s problems. Besides the fact that this will enable you to relax and focus on high-impact and strategic endeavors, it will empower team members, make them feel capable and encourage them to use their creativity and natural abilities.

You know how to manage your time. Tired of being forever busy? You don’t have to be. A coaching leader is efficient and clear when it comes to rules and boundaries. You understand your priorities and are careful with your time, while at the same time nurturing the same autonomy and accountability inside your team.

You have a team that thrives and business results that show it. You trust each team member’s abilities, acknowledge their efforts and master the art of giving feedback. Because of this, employees feel appreciated, eager to invest their energy into the work they do, express their creativity and apply their expertise. This leads to both desired business results and employee satisfaction.

How to become a coaching leader?
Or how to implement coaching leadership style?

For anything to work and generate impactful results it is important for the experience to be real, authentic. In order to become a coaching leader, it is important first of all for you to truly experience the power of coaching. You can read more about the benefits of coaching for individuals and organizations in another article here: Coaching benefits? Everybody can have them.

Based on the CoachCompanion model for coaching leadership the first step is to internalize the coaching approach in yourself and afterwards to balance your roles as a manager, leader and coach based on the Propeller Method® for Leadership. This concept was introduced by Christina Lagnelius, the founder of CoachCompanion Sweden and is fully described in her book Coaching leadership in practice: The Propeller Method™

The Coaching Approach – 5 pillars of coaching

There are 5 main coaching skills that build upon one another and make you a coaching leader. This is the basis for our leadership programs (Coaching Leadership in Practice), but it is also available as an introductory module in coaching and applicable in multiple life areas (The Coaching Approach).

1. Active listening

Active listening means to consciously focus on what the person in front of you is saying and not on yourself and what you plan to reply. It means to pay attention to the words they use, the tone of voice, body language and observe everything without judgement.

2. A positive view of people

It is quite easy to see faults in ourselves and in others and we are so used to it that it is surprising and refreshing to focus on the positive. It means to consciously choose to see what a persona is good at, not what they are lacking; to choose to see their strengths and what you appreciate about them. It also means to trust that they have the capacity to solve anything they put their minds to. As a coaching leader you need to see yourself this way first of all in order to instill this in others.

3. Powerful questions

It comes so easy to us to share experiences and give advice because we all have our own experiences to relate to, our learnings and way of doing things that we want to pass forward to the others. How about we stop for a moment and ask ourselves instead: “What does the person in front of me really need?”. We don’t know for sure that our advice is what they need, what works for us does not necessarily work for them and the other way around. Instead, we can approach other people with genuine curiosity and interest: ask them open-ended and simple questions that encourage them to share even more and make them feel seen and truly listened to.

4. Appreciation

What we focus on grows. That is why seeing the positive in people and showing appreciation for that is crucial. Again, what we focus on grows: when we focus on fixing what we don’t like we perpetually make ourselves and those around us feel like we are damaged, broken, not enough. When we consciously choose to see the good and appreciate it in ourselves and others, we will do it even more and it makes things we don’t like to fade in importance. What is crucial about appreciation is for it to be sincere, otherwise it will not work.

5. Bring it all together into a conversation model

Active listening, a positive view of humans, powerful questions and appreciation are very strongly connected and one cannot work without the other. The more you practice and use them as a coaching leader you will see the benefits on multiple levels. By bringing these elements together into how you converse with other people you will clarify what the conversation is really about and make the shift from what you don’t want to what is desired. And this is a recipe for success in many endeavors.

Balance your propeller – be a clear manager, inspiring leader and attentive coach

the propeller methodHaving the coaching approach is a pre-requisite for the propeller to work and with the coaching approach everything falls into place easily. You already have each blade of the propeller inside you. It is important to become aware of where you are now and what is it that you want to strengthen.

The manager blade is based in the organization: you are a manager when you set straight rules and objectives, when you give security and clear frameworks.

The leader blade in based in yourself: you are a leader when you inspire those around you through the passion that you have for you work and give energy through your vision of success.

The coach blade is based in the employee: you are a coach when you listen, ask, support and create action plans based on the employee’s wishes and goals.

Depending on the context you use different blades of the propeller in your leadership role and not only. This model is so flexible and applicable in multiple roles of our life: as a parent, friend, partner, when it comes to your self-management or in various job roles, such as a trainer, teacher or salesperson.

Do you have any other questions or are you ready to register and start the course?

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