What Are the Benefits to Me

by Byron and , © 2004

As you are taking over a manager position and you look at the different styles of leading people, you may find yourself asking the question of what are the benefits to me. One common thought Managers have is that they will lose their power if they take on a coaching role. What they donít realize, is that they end up with more power by being a coach rather than a manager. The rewards in seeing people develop far outweigh the power of telling people what to do. Once you have provided people with the training needed to develop the skills they require, they are able to do the work effectively and the coach is able to focus more on the long term strategic goals to ensure the corporation continues to move forward.

Sometimes, managers become so occupied with the day to day decisions and putting out fires, they lose sight of the long term decisions, opportunities, and challenges that face the corporation. You have no power if your company is no longer around!

"I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others." Thomas Jefferson

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If you have a strong team working with you, then your chances of being able to continue on your career are greater. Some people are threatened by assuming that if the team is strong there will be no place for them? However, just the opposite is true. Employers are looking for leaders that can build strong teams. There is no better example of your worth to a company than the success of your team.

By coaching your team, you are preparing them for their next career step. If no one can fill your shoes, how can you ever expect to move on.

"When the blind man carries the lame man, both go forward." Swedish Proverb

Employers today are looking to their leaders to think more strategically. No longer is it acceptable to focus on the day to day issues. The team is accountable for the day to day decisions. No longer can successful organizations have layers and layers of Managers. We see flattening of structures in all progressive corporations today.

"The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it." Theodore Roosevelt

With all the changes affecting today's workplace, the one thing that no one seems to have enough of is "time". By coaching your team, their skills will become stronger. The day to day decisions can be made by them rather than you using your time to make all the decisions.

Sharing information will allow you to delegate assignments that only you had control of in the past. This information will allow the team to make decisions and will also educate them to help identify areas where they can implement change that will improve the performance of the team. By involving all levels in the companies' directions and goals, and by sharing the information, you are allowing people to have a better understanding of the whole process rather than keeping people narrowly focused on their job. You will find by having people understand the bigger picture, they will have individual suggestions to improve areas that they didn't understand they could impact. People need to understand how their role fits with the entire organization. People need to understand the importance of their role. If they have no sense of ownership and don't understand the impact they have, they will not undertake to find ways they could improve the business.

And what about time for you and your personal life? Balance in your life between work and your personal life is very important. Without balance, you eventually burnout negatively affecting your performance at work.

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