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from a crisis of low
profit margins and
lean cultures to a
more productive and
positive environment.
In addition, the de-
mographics of coun-
tries such as the UK,
France indicate that
large numbers of peo-
ple will be retiring
over the next 5 years -
so the demand for
good managers will
increase. Whilst other
countries like Russia,
China and India do not
have these demographic considerations it would be wise
to remember the adage ‘people leave leaders not organi-
sations’; so there is always a place for the Manager as
Coach in any culture and at any time.
So how best to learn the skills of being a Manager as
It is fundamental to start with the attitude that it is a pos-
itive thing to be a manager with a coaching style. Then
look for a role model around you who has a natural
or listen out for
their managerial
approach during
their career to a
more coaching
style. Use these
and go out and
coaching skills,
or, as is some-
times the case,
and start using
them again.
I listed the most valuable qualities of a Manager as Coach
earlier in the article and it is these qualities that you need
to practice. Select people in your team that
you think will respond especially well to a
coaching style. Tell these people what you
are doing and why. Create a few sentences
about what you are doing with this style of
leadership and let people know what you
think the benefits will be for you and for
them. Get feedback on your style; no one can
develop in a vacuum. Then reflect, modify
and practice. Use some humility to get it
right and remember, don’t give up. It takes a
while to experience the benefits of being a Manager
as Coach because it requires long term behavioural
change. However, it is well worth it in the long run.
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By Karen Frost
Director of Coaching at Values Based Leadership
"Frequently managers tell me that
there has been a switch from a crisis
of low profit margins and lean
cultures to a more productive and
positive environment. "
Final Thoughts
“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”
- Peter Drucker
“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice
things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”
- Nelson Mandela
“Trust is knowing that when a team member does push you, they're doing it because they care about the team.”