Leadership coaching is a specialized leadership development process that is tailored to the individual leader's unique needs. In the face of rapid and disruptive change, companies are recognizing that managers cannot be expected to have all the answers and that command and control leadership is no longer effective. As a result, many organizations are transitioning to a training model in which managers facilitate problem-solving and promote employee growth by asking questions and providing support and guidance rather than issuing orders and making judgments. The article examines the advantages of different types of training directives, non-directive and situational, and notes that sometimes no training is necessary.
To become sustainable and healthy learning organizations, companies must also cultivate coaching as an organizational capacity. To make coaching an organizational capacity that drives cultural transformation, companies should articulate why coaching is beneficial for both the organization and individuals, ensure that leaders embrace and model it, build coaching capabilities across all ranks, and eliminate barriers to change. Leadership coaching is a powerful tool for developing leaders who can effectively navigate the ever-changing business landscape. By understanding the benefits of coaching, organizations can create a culture of learning that will help them stay competitive in today's market.