Manager As A Coach

As a manager in a business, whether you are a line manager with only the office junior reporting to you or the MD of a global PLC with hundreds of reporting lines ending at your door, there is an increasingly popular aspect of your role that you may not have considered but one you are (most likely) already doing.


At Vital Minds Business Training, our Manager as a Coach workshops look at different leadership styles, the characteristics of primary coaching which focuses on performance and mature coaching which is rooted in empowerment and fundamentally developing a style of management that incorporates coaching by default.

Being a ‘coach’ in the managerial sense differs somewhat from the pure ‘command and control’ approach which can work but can also be seen as dictatorial and will, sooner or later, be resented by your team. Instead, we will equip you with the tools and techniques to –

  • Listen more and talk less
  • Delegate tasks and responsibility with confidence
  • Collaborate with your staff instead of controlling them
  • Give accurate, positive and constructive feedback
  • Ask more questions and respond accordingly
  • Ask yourself ‘how can I constantly develop and how can I push them to achieve’

In addition, we also look at the GROW model. Developed in the UK in the 1980s by a group of well-respected business coaches, it is a process for problem solving or setting goals using a structured methodology –

G is for GOAL – The end point, or where you want to be
R is for REALITY – The current reality, or where you are now
O is for OPTIONS – An exploration of all the options to get you to where you want – or need – to be
W is for WILL – The will to commit to specific steps in order to move forward to your GOAL.

The practicalities of incorporating the GROW model into your managerial style are less linear than we have described but the fundamentals are the same.

By utilising these coaching elements you will see immediate benefits from your team in terms of commitment, performance, working relationships, clarity of thought and idea generation.

For more information on our Manager as a Coach workshops and to discuss availability and booking, please contact us today.

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