Can You Lead A Coaching Conversation?


3 Tips For Better Conversations

Do you feel you need to have all the answers in order to be of value to others? Or have you discovered that you can make a big difference by asking great questions that allow others to discover the answers that are most meaningful to them?

“Coaching is increasingly being used to provide personal and professional development in our workplaces,” explained Professor Christian van Nieuwerburgh from the University of East London when we interviewed him recently. “This is because coaching facilitates people’s self-directed learning through questioning, active listening, and appropriate challenges in a supportive and encouraging climate. Studies have found that this approach helps to boost wellbeing, enhance resilience, increase hope, improve performance, and build self-confidence.”

Of course, it’s one thing to want to have more coaching conversations, but it’s another to make it happen as part of your interactions. In fact, studies have found 24% of leaders over-estimate their ability to have coaching conversations.

Christian explained that coaching is both a science and an art. The science is underpinned by research in coaching psychology and is reflected in the teachable skills and conversational frameworks. Whereas the art of coaching is a way of being that involves interacting in a deeply human and respectful way.

With this in mind, when it comes to improving your coaching approach Christian recommended:

What can you do to lead better coaching conversations?

Click here to download our free poster packed with coaching questions to guide you.



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