Why leaders need coaching skills

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There is an increasing expectation that managers and leaders do their jobs well, to the benefit of the people they lead. Gone are the days of command and control (apparently!). In the workplace people have high expectations, with good reason. Yet the ILM reports that 90% of employees have had a poor manager.

Coaching skills aren’t magic! But they help leaders support their team members well and empower them to do their best and be happy at work.

Coach or mentor? Ask or advise?

The #1 hot topic for many coaches is “should I give advice, or hold back?” Although we haven’t seen full blown fist fights – after all we are coaches – we have seen plenty of heated discussions about it. We have a strong view at LYC – advice is off the table save for emergencies.

What’s the difference between coaching and mentoring

Coaching in its present form has been with us since the 1970s. Mentoring has been with us in one form or another since the time of the Greek empire. So why can many people still not explain the fundamental differences between these two skills? We’ll explore what are the obstacles to being clear on the […]

What is the difference between coaching and training?


Coaching vs training  When people ask me what I do, I say that I train people to be executive coaches. The most common response is “oh, you do train the trainer”. I’ve often wondered about this, so I decided that it’s an issue worth addressing.  I’ll address the question, and also explain similarities and differences. Plus, a look at the skills that are needed for each […]

Coaching supervision – a practical guide


Finding the right coaching course can be very confusing! There are different qualifications, different bodies accrediting them, all sorts of names and price points. We often find people who enquire about our courses come to us a bit baffled and mystified. However, most people muddle through and find the right course for them. Coaching supervision […]

The power of pausing in coaching

When we ask new coaches to identify key coaching skills, it is rare that pausing gets a mention. And yet, the power of silence and provide reflection time can make a huge difference.   Pausing is common in our view, along with questions, listening, and structuring sessions one of the four most important coaching skills. Let’s explore how to […]

Coaching skills for leaders

What coaching skills does every leader need?  For the moment, let’s take it as a given that every leader needs to have good coaching skills. In this article, we’ll start by considering how and where these coaching skills can be learnt. Then we’ll look at the specific skills to learn  Two great myths about coaching skills  The […]

What is the purpose of coaching?

What is the purpose of coaching?  It’s funny how things turn up in life, and quite quickly we take them for granted. New technologies, advanced ways of travel, new business practices. And often, after an initial bit of confusion, we act as if they were always there. Take marketing. Not around until the 60s, but now […]

Is the ILM Level 5 the right qualification for me?

Working out the right qualification for any new activity is difficult. After we decide we want to learn the new “thing”, we then have to look at all the possibilities for learning it. Do we need a qualification? And if so, which is the best one? Do I have the time for it? How to […]

How does coaching work and what is coaching?


How does coaching work? People often ask me what coaching is, or even more often what subject I coach on. The implication is that there needs to be a topic to work on. Like teachers who have their subject specialism, or employees who have their professional qualification. What will help to answer this question is to explore some definitions and explanations about the rudiments of coaching.  […]