Your Coaching Style is the Difference
Transactional vs Transformational Coaching
As a head coach, you are accountable for your entire program. From establishing the culture of the program to insuring the completion of the laundry. It is all yours. How you choose to manage it will be the difference between success and failure. A transactional leader will work to micro-manage every aspect of the process. In turn, this will alienate co-workers, discourage subordinates and run off would be supporters in favor of other, more favorable opportunities. As a transactional leader, you will be more concerned with how the process is getting done rather than if it is getting done. You want your hands in every aspect of the process. I’m here to tell you this is an program killer. It will demotivate and sabotage everything and everyone in your organization and stifle what you are trying to accomplish.
A better, more successful approach, one that will yield positive, constructive results comes from transformational coaching. This leadership style puts you in a role that allows others to engage, grow and have ownership of outcomes. It allows for failure in order to learn and grow without the threat of being ridiculed or punished for making mistakes. Transformational leadership allows others to grow alongside you. Together you will better understand how to deal with the challenges that the program will be facing going forward. It sets the tone for developing life skills, so essential to future success. Transformational leadership truly empowers you and those around you to work harmoniously with humility, while developing relationships that are meaningful and lasting. It establishes the opportunity to lead from the heart instead of the head.
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