Management Coaching Gives Your Company An Edge
Many companies fall into the mistake of hiring someone who has managed people before, and assuming that, since they’re an experienced manager, they don’t need any more help. Nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is that managers are human beings too, and just as cooking at home for a few years doesn’t leave someone completely qualified to be a good chef (although it might well be a good start), being a good manager consists of more than having experience managing some people for a while.
This is where management coaches come in. One of the most important resources human resources can provide is the kind of management coaching that turns a mediocre manager into the leader of a all-star team.
There’s a reason that top CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies spend a combined total of millions in one to one training with the world’s most elite coaches. That reason is that even someone with as many successes as Bill Gates or Steve Jobs knows that he doesn’t know everything.
A similarity may be found in the field of music – George Gershwin took lessons in harmony from other composers, at a time when he was the most famous and well-paid living composer in the world! If the leaders of the world take personal coaching, isn’t that a good indication that management coaching is an important part of bringing out the best in your management team?
Of course, one has to ask: where do you draw the line? Does everyone in a supervisory position need management coaching? Does a project leader? Lead engineer? Merely “senior” engineer, managing only themselves? The answer to each of these is a clear “yes.”
No one is perfect, and thus everyone who makes stressful management decisions needs coaching. Changes in the world, particularly increases in business efficiency, require active adaptation in order to stay ahead of the curve.
Managers unable to adapt to this new business climate are going to lose out – it is as simple as that. They lose their edge, their organization’s advantage, and, in the worst cases, their workforce and their business as well.
If you have received good management coaching, then your teams will not be destroyed by single incidents, and bad days will not have carryover effects. Leadership is much more difficult than managing, and much more rewarding for your business.
But leadership doesn’t happen by itself. Management coaches can help you develop the leaders your business needs to be great.
When companies provide management coaching, even mediocre managers can strive to become excellent leaders. Such training is best when it is also imparted through personal coaching.
Good management coaches provide an edge to a manager’s abilities, increasing his strengths and reducing his weaknesses. From the organization’s point of view, it has much to gain from training its managers, as,
for example, bad managers de-motivate people working with them and soon become problems for human resources manager. However, even excellent managers need to be coached to keep them abreast of latest developments and techniques.