Did you know that about 25% of all coaching relationships have to be terminated? That’s the finding from an AMA research study. When most experienced coaches are polled, another study found that almost half felt that unqualified coaches threaten the effectiveness of coaching.
As a professional executive leadership coach, I am constantly interviewed for assignments as well as interviewing other prospective coaches for my clients. Rarely, are we put through a rigorous screening process, so it’s no wonder some poor hires make it through to the intended coachees. How do you know what to look for in a quality executive leadership coach? And what is the best fit for your organization?
Download my presentation on Choosing the Best Leadership Coach and Maximizing Results to learn how to select the best leadership coach for you and your organization. You’ll also learn how to leverage that relationship to enhance leadership development and achieve stronger results.
Is it more important for a great leader to be better at listening or communicating their vision? I posed this question recently in several LinkedIn senior leader groups and received hundreds of comments. It was quite an interesting discussion with some thoughtful answers. The overwhelming sentiment expressed in all groups was that listening is paramount to leadership. Many people commented that you couldn’t communicate your vision without first listening to your colleagues, peers and subordinates. As basic as the skill listening is for leadership, most felt that without it, the vision will not be in tune with the environment and employees resulting in failure over time.
These results were interesting since the most popular authors on the subject of leadership describe the importance of vision for success and quite often leave “listening” out of the discussion. Listening is an essential skill of leadership and many people believe leaders possess that trait, when in fact it is not always present.
As an executive coach, I often work with senior leaders who are perceived as having all the answers, but this perception is due in part to poor active listening skills. The assumption is made by many that if a leader doesn’t ask any questions, then he/she must already know everything and doesn’t require any input.
It is incumbent for any leader to recognize that good listening skills are vital to business and career success. Great listening doesn’t happen automatically. Think of your listening skills like a muscle that needs constant exercise. If you don’t continually “flex” your listening muscle it will atrophy or time and you will miss out on much needed information that will help you make better personal and business decisions.
Improve your leadership skills by actively listening every day. Ask a different peer or employee a question about the details or progress of a project, the company culture or just what’s new in their life. Not only will it help you to discover potential problems and solutions, but it will build trust and positive relationships in your work environment.