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5 Positive Coaching Habits

Apply these simple coaching habits to inspire winning results and relationships.

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BY Lee Colan - 09 Jan 2019

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Your coaching mindset will set the limits for the level of impact your coaching habits will have on your team's performance. A positive coaching mindset enables you to authentically and effectively apply the coaching habits and reap the ultimate benefit--winning results and relationships. On the other hand, with a negative coaching mindset your coaching habits will inhibit your ability to inspire your team and yield less than optimal results.

There are five positive coaching habits. When they are applied with a positive coaching mindset, you will predictably inspire winning results and relationships. These five habits give your team the biggest boost if applied in sequence, but you should still use your knowledge of each team member to determine when to accelerate through or spend more time on a specific habit.

The root meaning of the verb "to coach" means to bring a person from where he or she is to where he or she wants to be. The inspiring coach focuses more on developing a person's natural gifts so each team member can realize his or her potential and while shoring up weaknesses to help each team member master his or her job.

Consider the role of a football coach. He sets clear expectations for his team with a game plan to win. He asks players if they have any questions to ensure they are clear about their respective roles on the team. He also asks them questions like, "How can you improve your performance or overcome a certain obstacle?" Then during the game, he involves them in changing the game plan, if necessary, based on what they are seeing on the field. The coach also observes and measures each player's performance (e.g., number of tackles, yards gained, etc.). Finally, the coach gives constructive feedback and recognition so his players can elevate their performance in the next game.

These are the five positive habits that inspiring coaches in business practice to build winning teams:

  1. 1. Inspiring coaches explain expectations. They take the time to ensure alignment with their teams before moving forward.
  2. 2. Inspiring coaches ask questions. A leader asks to clarify a problem or for ideas and suggestions. Asking questions ignites employee engagement.
  3. 3. Inspiring coaches involve team members in creating solutions to improve their work. This enlists ownership because people are committed to things they help create.
  4. 4. Inspiring coaches measure results diligently to boost team accountability.
  5. 5. Inspiring coaches appreciate people. This builds commitment to sustaining and improving results.

Using each of these habits in concert elevates team performance.

Learn more in the new book, The Power of Positive Coaching.

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