Coaching Leaders to Make Connections

by Janet Melancon

How many times have we failed to maximize opportunities to lead, motivate, and inspire those we are responsible for managing?  We can easily find ourselves in a situation where our intentions and actions are either misunderstood or misinterpreted simply because inadequate interpersonal connections undermine our ability to effectively communicate. 

Coaching is a very effective management tool that supports both communication and connection when used properly.  The old adage, “practice makes perfect,” sounds good and it is at best a half truth.  Practice with direction and purpose helps us be productive.  It is perfect practice that makes progress.  The same principle applies to coaching.  Effective and focused coaching will create the crucial connections that are essential to employee relations.

For effective leadership, connections are vitally important.  They make a significant difference in helping employees feel a part of the organization and a part of the department where they work.  A leader’s strengths and weaknesses are on full display with every interaction, so it is important to make conversations count.  Coaching can be a significant way for clients to explore, reflect, brainstorm, create plans of action, and practice their skills as they come to new realizations.  Coaching helps clients form new habits, achieve strong connections with employees for increased leadership effectiveness, and ultimately gain greater results in their organizations.

In my chapter of Coaching Perspectives VII, I identify fundamental strategies to make crucial connections that will foster better workplace relationships and enhance personal development through coaching.  I will also include some of my real life coaching experiences and examples.  Working on these areas will help your clients connect with their employees, achieve greater leadership satisfaction, and ultimately become more effective in their leadership role.

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