As an aspiring leader or existing manager, you play a crucial role in shaping your organisation’s workplace culture. A positive culture can increase employee engagement and productivity, as well as provide better outcomes for your organisation.
Nurturing a positive workplace culture should be a high priority for you, yet it is easier said than done. It requires strong leadership skills, effective communication, and a commitment to continuous improvement. Fortunately, coaching can be a valuable tool to empower you to achieve this goal of developing a positive workplace culture.
But first, what is coaching?
Coaching is a process that involves working with a trained professional to achieve your personal or professional goals. In the workplace, coaching can help you develop the leadership skills you need to be effective and empowered.
From one-on-one sessions to group coaching and workshops, coaching can take many forms and easily fit to your individual needs.
How can aspiring leaders benefit from coaching?
Coaching can provide a range of benefits for current managers and aspiring leaders like yourself. Here are 4 key benefits to take note of:
1. Develop your emotional intelligence
Emotional intelligence (EI) is defined as “the ability to understand, assess and manage our own emotions, as well as the emotions of others”. Leaders with high EI tend to build more positive relationships with their team and create a supportive workplace culture.
“Coaching helps to reveal the best version of yourself
and let you see things from different perspectives.”
– Ai Chin Chiew, Founder & CEO, BestOfMe
Coaching can help you develop your EI by equipping you with the right tools and strategies to manage your emotions and communicate effectively with your team.
2. Improve your communication skills
The key to nurturing a positive workplace culture is to have effective communication between everyone, such as leaders and their teams. If you can communicate clearly and consistently with your team, you’ll be able to build trust and create a sense of community with them.
When you undergo coaching, you’ll be provided with feedback on your communication style and learn how to communicate more effectively with your team.
3. Build trust and collaboration within your team
Two arguably more important components of a positive workplace culture are trust and collaboration. You need to prioritise building trust and collaboration to create a sense of teamwork and shared purpose within your team.
Leadership coaches will provide you with different strategies for building relationships with your team, fostering open communication, and promoting teamwork.
4. Encourage feedback and continuous improvement
A positive workplace culture allows employees to feel comfortable providing feedback, with leaders demonstrating their openness to receiving it.
Coaching can equip you with the right skills to solicit feedback from your team, effectively respond to feedback, and properly use the feedback to continuously improve yourself, your team and your organisation.
Such benefits from coaching can be illustrated by an industrial executive’s journey with our coach Diana, where he learned to leverage his strengths and achieved visible positive changes in his leadership abilities.
“My coaching journey with Diana (from BestOfMe) is fantastic. She’s a coach I can share in confidence, and I know that she goes all the way out to help me be a successful and effective leader. I learnt from her about leveraging my strengths and driving positive changes during organisation transformations. Diana is able to clearly translate feedback on my leadership and help shape it further into my organisational contexts.
I learnt to stop/start/continue doing what is meaningful for my team and achieve several (small) wins in my organisation transformation process. Even though we are half way through my coaching journey, I already received positive feedback from stakeholders on the visibility of my leadership changes.”
– Senior VP, Industrial Company
Empower your leaders today – with coaching
Coaching will be valuable for aspiring leaders like yourself to nurture a positive workplace culture in your organisation.
By developing your EI and communication skills, by building trust and collaboration within your team, and by encouraging feedback and continuous improvement, you can create a workplace culture that increases employee engagement, productivity, and the likelihood of organisational success.
Invest in coaching for yourself, or your future leaders, and help nurture a more positive workplace culture in your organisation, happier teams, and ultimately better outcomes for all.
If you would like to empower yourself or aspiring leaders today, a 1-on-1 Executive Coaching is what you’re looking for.
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