Managers are many things – they are employees, employers, supervisors, teammates and coaches.
They answer to their superiors, partners and clients, but most of all, they are responsible for the productivity and loyalty of their team.
A true leader is a coach that is invested in their employees’ growth and success.
Following the GROW coaching model can give leaders a blue print on the best coaching strategies for their team.
What is the GROW Coaching Model?
Developed by business coaches Graham Alexander, Alan Fine, and Sir John Whitmore back in the 1980s; the acronym GROW stands for:
The GROW model is a type of blueprint akin to making plans for a trip.
The goal is the first step which allows you to plan; the second step, the reality, alerts you to your current situation; the third step, the options and obstacles, help you consider how to ultimately get where you are going promptly and easily; and the final step, the will, helps you prepare a course to stay on the journey no matter what comes your way.
Managers can help their employees utilise this model effectively with the following steps:
A good tip to remember for the manager when utilising the GROW Coaching Model is that they are simply there to help the employee realise their potential and future goals.
They are not there to instruct the individuals and tell them what they think is best for them, but to listen, ask open-ended questions and provide unbiased advice to truly benefit the employee.
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