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Leader as a Coach
- June 6, 2016
- Posted by: living
- Category: blog
The leader as Coach
As a fun of football, especially the Premier League and the Champions League, I am always fascinated by the planning and the execution that go on in the competitions. I am even more fascinated by the character and personality of the Coaches, particularly those that have led their teams to win so many cups and so many leagues. In a very big way, these Coaches are leaders in so many ways. This reflection looks at leadership from the lens of a Coach.
Leading is like coaching in many ways. To coach is largely to facilitate. In football, for example, the coach cannot cross the touch line and move into the playing field. He works in advance of the playing time, before the game. He prepares his players by anticipating challenges and then preparing the players to be ready to meet those challenges. He trains, advises, and encourages, but will not be in the playing field. The most vital aspects of a coach are visibility, listening, limit setting, value shaping, and skill stretching.
A good coach must balance the need to develop the skills of each individual team member with the needs of the team as a whole. The ultimate goal and responsibility of any coach is to build a winning team. The coach cannot do the players’ work for them. Instead, he is a mentor and a teacher, but the players play and both the players celebrate the win. But the greatest responsibility lies with the coach-the team leader.
For the team leader to be an effective coach, he must familiarize with the following philosophies, which I would like to discuss briefly:
Pygamalion effect– This philosophy proposes that leaders’ expectation of followers, and their treatment of them, explain and predict followers’ behavior and performance. If leaders have a high expectation of their followers to perform, then that expectation is likely to be true…to occur. In other words, expectation of performance can help bring about success. Team leaders must focus more and invest more in those aspects of their teams that are positive, and spend less energy on the negativity. A leader can easily convert a low performing team to a high performing team by believing in the power of the team and by encouraging the unlocking the hidden potentials in the team members.
Galatea effect– This is when an individual’s high self -expectation leads to high performance. Individual team members must speak positivity and strongly believe that they are capable, and they have what it takes to deliver exceptional results. Current and existing challenges are usually seen as spring boards for a better day. For an organization to deliver exceptional results, every team member must embrace positivity. The role of the team leader is to encourage positive mindset in every team member.
Golem effect-Low expectation of success leading to poor performance. There is a direct relationship between low expectation and low performance. If you believe you will fail, then it will surely happen! Team leaders must find ways of eliminating negative mindset in their players. What you think, you are!
How can leaders/organizations capitalize on the Pygamalion and Galatea effect to increase productivity? The following can be of great help:
- Treat all employees like top-notch choices and expect success from them. As a leader, do you view your employees as cost or as investment? How you view them is how you treat them.
- Recognize that everyone has the potential to increase performance. Help each team member to unlock their hidden potentials.
- Set high performance goals. This will eliminate the desire and satisfaction with mediocrity.
- Provide the input and resources needed to achieve success
- Provide constructive feedback and redirection when necessary
- Reward employees for hard work, dedication, teamwork and jobs well done
How effective are your as Coach?