"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
— John Quincy Adams
Trust is the foundation of any effective coaching relationship. It is trust (or lack thereof) that typically makes or breaks a coaching relationship.
Here are five quick tips to get your coaching relationships to be highly productive.
• Show consistency between your words and actions by making realistic commitments and demonstrating follow-through to others. Do what you say you will do (DWYSYWD).
• Eliminate surprises by letting people know what to expect from you.
• Let people know you are trying to balance individual and organizational interests and the decision-making process you will use.
• Demonstrate that you have their best interest in mind by genuinely promoting a win/win approach, showing compassion and listening intently to their needs and concerns.
• Be willing to admit when you have made a mistake. Nowhere does it state that a leader has to be perfect.