Leadership Tip

How to decide who gets to be coached or mentored

Not every executive will benefit from working with a coach or mentor. If you’re the person who decides which leaders get to work with an outside expert, you want to spend your budget wisely. To assess whether a struggling leader is ready for coaching or mentoring, watch for a few red flags.

  1. Be wary of an executive who always has an excuse when things go wrong. Coaching and mentoring requires self-awareness and introspection, so someone who consistently blames external factors for their problems may not be a great choice.
     
  2. Think carefully about a leader who favours quick-fix tactics. The best candidates for coaching and mentoring are willing to challenge their assumptions and beliefs about how to get things done.
     
  3. Beware of managers who delay the start of coaching or mentoring to “do more research” or “find the right person.” It may be a sign that they're just not ready to confront their issues.

The above leadership tip...
was sent in response to a question from a participant on our 10/10 leadership development and mentoring programme and adapted 4 Signs an Executive Isn’t Ready for Coaching by Matt Brubaker and Chris Mitchell. Whether you're a first time manager or an experienced leader, straightforward, practical advice on best practice is hard to find. Until now. To find out how you, your team or your organisation can benefit, please join us on our next complimentary webinar or contact us.

Subscribe

Free weekly email on things you didn't know last week with links to articles on leadership excellence. To view previous editions click here.


Unlock your potential

Whether face to face, or over the telephone, we can develop your leadership skills, support you in making important decisions, and help you reach your potential.

Read More

Leadership Articles

10 actions for mastering leadership

The key to truly effective leadership lies in mastering a wide range of skills from implementing and administering process to inspiring others to achieve excellence. To be an effective leader you need to make the most of opportunities to learn to lead,... read more

Leadership Tips

How to react when a conversation heats up

Conversation is challenging enough at times. When it gets heated, conversation can seem impossible. When a conversation turns negative, it’s helpful to have a repertoire of replies at your fingertips. Consider these options: Reframe. Cast the... read more

How to manage a micromanager

Micromanagement is about lack of trust. The person who is micromanaging doesn’t believe anyone can do something as well as he or she can. Once you understand this, you’ll be better able to manage a micromanaging boss. First, make sure you... read more

How to hire talent

Economists tend to assume organisations will figure out how to get the right people they need to fill vacancies. What if that is wrong? Only about a third of organisations monitor whether their hiring practices lead to good employees, and they spend a... read more