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.

How to start a coaching conversation?


Our coachee looks to us to handle the timing and the structure of their coaching sessions. And if we don’t, they will do as they always do – either talk a lot or be very brief. They are right – it is down to us to set up coaching in a way that enables them to explore their topics well. That enables them to reflect and have insights. And that gets them focused from the very beginning.

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.

Can anyone be a coach?


A question that I am often asked is “Have I got what it takes to be a good coach?” It’s an understandable question. We are in a world of algorithms, of early labelling of children in school groups. And there is still the belief that we have to be a “natural” to excel in any field.  Apart from people who may […]

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 […]