I recently was running a development programme with a group of senior operational managers. We were discussing different perspectives and approaches to leading and influencing others. A key part of that was on the conversations that managers and leaders have, and the balance of ‘Ask’ and ‘Tell’ that they need to find.
Most leaders want to be nurturing and develop others. This leads them to prefer the ‘Ask’ approach, coupled with good guidance. Unfortunately real life gets in the way of this approach, and they may find it more challenging than they hoped to be the leader they want to be. It then becomes a challenge to get back on track.
One of the ways to do this is by taking a daily (or most days) coaching approach. This is described by Marshall Goldsmith in the clip I’ve attached. This simple discipline taken with a trusted coach can be immensely powerful and supportive.
I’ve shared this many times with colleagues and clients who are caught between what they want to be and what they are (‘forced’ to be). They appreciate the practical simplicity of this approach. Have a look – and try.
If you are interested in finding out more – just let me know.