As a supervisor, it’s important to consider how you interact with the people you lead.

How do you listen? How do you ask questions? Do you take in the information and reflect it accurately? These are all factors to take into account when you communicate.

As a supervisor, it can help to think of yourself as your staff’s leadership coach, the person who helps them reach their full potential. There are many things you can do to improve your leadership coaching skills.

Here are seven leadership coaching skills that are important to keep in mind when talking with your staff:

1. Asking Questions

Ask questions with an open mindset can create an opening for change. This allows for a proactive dialogue and reinforces in the other person’s mind that you believe in them and that their experiences and opinions are worthwhile. Be willing to explore each topic fully.

2. Showing Empathy

Empathy is putting yourself in another person’s shoes, without judgment or an agenda. Developing empathy will help you earn your team’s support because they will trust you. Taking time to understand and acknowledge the people you work with is an incredibly powerful way to keep them motivated.

3. Being Curious

Curiosity is being eager and willing to learn and grow. This includes demonstrating a genuine interest in the other person along with patience and attentiveness.

4. Reflecting with Accuracy

When you reflect back what the other person has said, you show that you listened. It also confirms whether you have the story right. You can do this by paraphrasing what they have said. This allows the other person to hear what they said and it keeps you on track.

5. Knowing How to Partner

A great leader partners for success, but doesn’t direct. This requires creating an environment where ideas are heard and experience is valued. And, it allows the team to stand behind you when difficulties arise.

6. Offering Respectful Feedback

Leaders are careful about how they offer feedback. If feedback is harsh or incomplete, it can stifle the person on the receiving end. When you deliver constructive feedback, be careful to find the line between holding back too much and being too harsh. It is easy to build trust in a relationship if you listen and provide the right feedback.

7. Celebrating Strengths

As a great leader, you need to focus on people’s strengths. Every individual has specific strengths and weakness. Embrace the uniqueness of every member your team. This will ensure that you and your team succeed.

These seven leadership coaching skills will help you be a better leader at work and home. Take the time to assess where your strengths are and where you need to improve and develop new skills. If you’re wanting some additional support building your leadership coaching skills as a supervisor, we invite you to check out our leadership coaching page or apply for a free discovery session today. Wishing you all the best!

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