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10 Skills to Develop a Good Coaching Foundation

The only way to fulfil your vision is to get others to gravitate towards it.

Those who are able to achieve great things are those who have developed a good coaching foundation and are able to connect to their team. This ability is called leadership.

Ultimately good leaders become more valuable to their business when they’re able to create a team environment that gets the best performance from everyone.

There are many traits that a leader should have and today we are going to help you develop the skills you require to have a good coaching foundation.

  1. ACTIVE LISTENING

Active Listening is actually concentrating on what is being said rather than passively “hearing” the message. It involves showing an understanding, verbally, of what someone says to you without passing judgement. It’s about stopping what you are doing and taking the time to understand what is being said.

Active Listening is a powerful skill that helps you manage stress, understand where people are coming from and encourages people to speak to you.

  1. ASSERTIVE SPEAKING

This is an important skill that goes hand in hand with active listening. It’s about constructive feedback, making your point heard but also allowing others to be heard as well. Speaking assertively means expressing yourself in a confident, direct and positive way both verbally and nonverbally whilst still maintaining the respect for the other person.  When working in any type of communication environment person to person skills like active listening and assertive speaking are vital.

  1. TIME MANAGEMENT

Being organised is crucial for management effectiveness. If you have difficulty organising yourself how are you going to be capable of organising others? This skill is all about knowing how to manage your schedule, your work flow, staying focused, prioritising and getting things done.

  1. MEETINGS & FACITITATION

The higher you rise in your organisation means the more time you need to spend with others. Coaching involves a lot of one on one interactions and also group level efforts. This means you need to learn how to facilitate meetings so that they run productively. This skillset involves guiding the flow of the meeting to accomplish the results required and creating active participation.

  1. CHANGE

Welcome to today’s world, no matter what industry you are in, the one constant thing you can count on is change. Letting change just happen is a recipe for chaos. As a Coach/Leader you need to be able to use tools to manage the process of change and lead your team through it.

  1. TEAM DEVELOPMENT

T.E.A.M (Together Everyone Achieves More) being able to coach a team is critical to your success as an UnFranchise Owner. Coaching a group of people and converting them into a team is a skill set that’s all about developing units that work in teams to perform not only productively but also cohesively.

  1. PROBLEM SOLVING

Problems are the centre of what businesses face every day: solving them is what turns a business from a failure to a success. But how to solve a problem effectively is something many people tend to struggle with. Knowing how to approach a problem, applying the tools to tackle them appropriately and supporting those who are solving the problem are very useful skills to learn. These skills will help you coach your team as you help them address and resolve the problems they face.

8 CONFLICT RESOLUTIONS

Conflict resolution is all about seeking a solution to a problem. Conflicts are inevitable in any team environment and knowing how to manage them constructively is an import skill for positively impacting productivity and a healthy teamwork environment.

  1. PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Much of the things you are going to want to achieve as a successful UnFranchise Owner is going to get done through projects, with either just your team or cross function teams. Managing projects takes a variety of skills, from planning tasks to keeping people in schedule. The ability to manage project effectively is linked to effective coaching – in fact coaching skills are so often what is needed to manage projects.

  1. LEADERSHIP

It’s important to remember people leave managers not organisations if you are not managing your team effectively they are leaving you. Leadership involves far more than a position title – it’s all about how you conduct yourself and if people want to follow you. It involves setting a direction and sustaining a course of action to get there while inspiring and influencing commitment from others. You are only as good as your team thinks you are, not as good as you think you are!

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