Did you know that coaching is the purest form of leading? In fact, if has been said - if you cannot coach, you cannot lead.
Coaching or mentoring is the essential tool for optimizing people's potential and performance. This is a huge part of what leadership also aims to achieve.
Commanding, demanding, instructing, persuading or threatening cannot, and will not produce high quality sustainable performance in the long term, even though it may get the job done in the short term.
If you are an existing or aspiring leader, the best thing that you can do is to work on your coaching and mentoring skills.
Good coaches can help people achieve peak performance through:
1. Raising self-awareness
2. Enhancing self-responsibility
People can perform well on auto pilot but if you want to create peak performance in others, this can be only created when people are more attentive to themselves and their environment and they take complete responsibility for their results.
Effective coaching achieves results through proactive focused thought, attention and observation. Leadership looks at the results, coaching looks at the methodology.
Therefore, if you cannot coach, you cannot lead.
- Ron Malhotra