Employee engagement and productivity are driven by the abilities of workplace leaders to develop rapport, empower employees as individuals, and support long-term success. When leaders develop the core competencies of coaching the impact is profound. With a coaching style of leadership, the company benefits in the areas of talent retention, employee engagement, and productivity.
Leadership competency in coaching skills supports proactive team building and percolates throughout the organization, ensuring the skills and processes are in place for long-term organizational success. Coaching skills create true leaders who recognize the value of employee engagement and the power of coaching for improved productivity.
What are the barriers to talent retention, employee engagement, and productivity? Most often the reasons include a lack of employee ownership in their work and how employees think they are viewed by their leaders.
To generalize, people in leadership positions often have good business skills; historically people skills and communication skills were in the background. Business News reported that 84% of employees want to quit their jobs; this means they are disengaged. Now people and communication skills are ranked as a top deficiency in the workplace. In coaching, people skills and communication skills are recognized as core competencies for effectiveness.
In the next blog post explore a coaching style of leadership.