More Common Traits of a Coachby Byron and Catherine Pulsifer, © 2004 Here you will find more common traits of a coach that you may want to consider as you are taking over a Manager position. One of the most important traits a leader can have is Inspiration. Do you have the ability to inspire people? You must paint a picture of the outcomes of the team goals. You must inspire people to give it all they have by using yourself as an example. You have to have a passion for your work. How can we expect people to be passionate if you, as their coach, does not have a passion? Coaching has to be something that gives you passion and energy. One of the reasons why some coaches do not succeed is due to lack of passion for the role.
Showing appreciation for a job well done can be a motivator in itself! You have to make sure recognition is given both at a team level and at an individual level. Expressing words of appreciation can be a powerful motivator. We all need to hear that our efforts are appreciated.
View change as an opportunity
You help others accept and adapt to change. Communicating the postives of the change will help people overcome their resistance. Although, at times, we also need to communicate some negatives, we need people to understand the whole picture.
Allows others to shine
Have a positive outlook
I once worked with a leader who only saw the negative. This leader also painted a doom and gloom picture. The morale of the people I worked with showed doom and gloom. I caught myself spreading the doom and gloom; it does rub off. I have also worked with leaders who have a positive outlook, and the morale is so different. Even when faced with challenges, the people looked for solutions. The leader gave us hope and encouragement.
Needless to say, the leader who had the positive outlook didn’t remain at the level they were at for long. The success of the team became that leaders success and they were promoted. Whereas, the doom and gloom leader is no longer around!
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