Are your Coaching Relationships Successful?
So how do you know if the coaching relationship is successful? At the end of the road, there is only one way to tell: results.
To make sure you get there, don't forget these special ingredients:
- Take the time to get to know the person, put in effort into understanding them, and be fully present when they talk to you.
- Be honest, always transparent about your goals and objectives, who you are as a person, a manager, and a coach, and earn their trust.
- Do what it takes to keep that trust as it is the key to your success with that person.
- Constant communication is a sign that the relationship is going well.
- When you set goals and smash them together, you will celebrate together.
Successful coaching relationships are one of the most rewarding aspects of being a coach and a manager. When you part ways with your coachee, whether it's because your shared project is over or one of you is moving on in your career, you’ll often get comments along the lines of “you helped me grow, you helped me change or see things differently.”
If there is a "before" and an "after" being coached or managed by you, you’ve made your mark, left your imprint, and made an impact on their life for the better. They will remember your work together and your relationship as a time of growth and change and will refer to it in the future when they face similar challenges down the road.
For me, receiving these kinds of messages from clients I’ve coached months or even years later is one of the most satisfying aspects of being a coach.
How does this help you as a coach and a manager? It allows you to grow and develop leadership abilities in your team, gives you a new and exciting angle in which to approach the people you work with, facilitate change and progress and create a culture of constant improvement.
I’ve always felt my work is done when the managers I coach take the reins and create that coaching culture in their organizations. For managers who become coaches, the work is never over, but their role becomes even more fulfilling as they contribute to the evolution of the organization.