Leadership is a complex concept with many layers, which is why so many books exist on the topic and why organizational-development firms like Caliper offer executive coaching and other specialty consulting services aimed at developing high-potential employees. Becoming a good leader is not like flipping a switch.
Sometimes it feels as if all these messages about leadership are hitting us like a tidal wave, and they can be confusing and overwhelming to process. Fortunately, we don’t have to master leadership all at once, and some skills are simpler than they seem on the surface.
For example, we can all agree that good leaders know how to bring out the best in their team members, and the key skill required is one we already have: The ability to ask questions.
As a leader, you could develop a management style based on your own preferences. If it works for you, why wouldn’t it work for your team? However, everyone’s motivators are different and are just as strong as yours. You will need to understand those motivators if you want people to take action, and the best way you can find out what moves people is, of course, to ask. Having those conversations with your team members and discovering their drivers will give you the insight needed to elicit top performance.
During your coaching sessions or one-on-one meetings, include these questions:
You also have to provide development that matters. Coaching is not a one-time event; behavior changes take time and practice.
Some ideas to consider:
Karen Triola is currently an Organizational Consultant with Caliper, a talent management company, and has well-developed expertise as a platform trainer and learning and development manager. Karen honed her skills in over 10 years of experience with leading organizations in the insurance and entertainment industries. She brings an in-depth understanding of HR topics, instructional design, and excellent presentation skills to her partnerships with Caliper clients.