How do you build a coaching culture?

Take the time to build trust in the team. Push teams to do remarkable things. Ask good questions to improve performance. Did you know that only 29% of companies train their leaders in the five key skills they need for the future? First, to succeed, cultural change initiatives must start from the top.

According to HR Daily Advisor, “Organizations with a strong coaching culture are more than 60% more likely to have senior leaders involved in their coaching systems. Coaching culture can be defined as a work environment in which coaching competencies are integrated into the values of the organization. The workplace becomes a place where coaching competencies are learned, wholeheartedly adopted, and consistently used at all levels. Nearly two-thirds of respondents from organizations with a strong coaching culture rate their employees as highly engaged, compared to only half of respondents from organizations without a strong coaching culture.

A coaching culture exists when an organization understands, appreciates, and adopts a coaching approach as a key aspect of its leadership and development strategy. The democratization of coaching is rapidly taking hold because decision makers interested in ROI now see that coaching is by far the best way to develop employees and improve engagement. In coaching cultures, leaders receive formal training in coaching skills and practice them to develop the potential of their direct reports, who then work to maximize their performance and make meaningful contributions to their teams and workgroups. Building a Coaching Culture is a comparative research study conducted by the ICF and HCI on the pillars of a strong organizational coaching culture.

For example, a manager can and should use coaching competencies as their fundamental leadership style by default; however, it is not always appropriate or possible for every conversation with a direct report to be a pure coaching conversation. Creating a coaching culture is important because it is a proven method for organizations to access high-impact coaching and the ROI that comes with it without having to pay high prices. Organizations have a coaching culture when people, especially leaders, have better conversations that take into account the practical and personal needs of the person receiving the training. Some companies provide mandatory trainer training classes, with follow-up sessions in small groups to discuss training opportunities and share experiences and lessons learned.

Building a Coaching Culture with Millennial Leaders explores how organizations of all sizes are training new leaders and supporting first-time personnel managers, many of whom are millennials, by creating a strong coaching culture. Thanks to the results offered by coaching, organizations are increasingly committed to offering their managers at all levels access to coaching. A training culture allows for radical organizational transformation by developing conversation and training skills on a daily basis.

Madeline Talkington
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