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Top talent doesn’t like being told what to do. Authoritarian leaders are becoming dinosaurs.

Expect to coach, if you expect to lead.

The practices of coaching maximize talent and enable fulfillment.

The 10 practices of the coaching-leader:

#1. Compassionately prepare for relationship before coaching sessions begin. Internal coaches wear several hats. Tell coachees they matter by being prepared for their arrival.

  1. Give yourself three to five minutes to prepare before they arrive.
  2. Turn off or put away distractions. This includes cell phones. Recent research shows that just the presence of a cell phone hampers interpersonal connections.