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.
Head of Training and Development
(Image by Bigstockphoto)
Mark Williams is a learning and development professional, using business psychology and multiple intelligences to create fascinating and quickly-identifiable learning initiatives in the real-world business setting. Mark’s role at MTD is to ensure that our training is leading edge, and works closely with our trainers to develop the best learning experiences for all people on learning programmes. Mark designs and delivers training programmes for businesses both small and large and strives to ensure that MTD’s clients are receiving the very best training, support and services that will really make a difference to their business.