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Have an Emerging Coaching Style? Be Curious About People!

Coaching styleBusiness is about people. They make companies function well and they can cause them to fail spectacularly. Over the long term, successful organisations are those comprised of people-focused leaders. Those who can adopt a coaching style of management.

Consider how you came to work in your industry. Did you choose your specialist field or did it choose you?

Arguably, I fell into retail management and whilst it turned out to be a great decision for me, it wasn’t what I had planned.

Coaching style includes an element of curiosity   

I’ve always been curious about behaviour (including my own) and why people do the things they do; sometimes against their better judgement; again I’m looking in the mirror here!

It’s why I studied Ancient History and Archaeology at University. I was fascinated by the ancient Romans and Egyptians – both civilisations well ahead of their time in terms of technical know-how.

Egyptian technology included the ability to build large construction projects such as pyramids and palaces; and they invented writing in the form of hieroglyphics. The Romans were very good at copying other people’s ideas; and they developed many new techniques for buildings and construction of all types including concrete, Roman roads, Roman arches and aqueducts.

So, I was curious why, when the Anglo-Saxons arrived in Britain, most kept clear of Roman towns and didn’t make use of their technology; instead they went back to living in mud huts! Maybe they didn’t get that way of life or they simply didn’t have the know-how.

Empathy as part of a Coaching style

The careers officer at University said I’d never make a career out of archaeology. And the stubborn part of me wanted to prove him wrong. In reality, I knew it wouldn’t marry up to the romantic vision I had created in my head. So, I went into retail management instead.

Looking back, I can join the dots from my choice of study to my early career. Then through to the point when I established my own leadership development business in 2006. I have a deep curiosity about people; and a genuine interest in getting to know them. I hadn’t recognised these as leadership traits at the time. Any more than I consciously adopted a coaching style of management. These were things I did naturally.

Whether you fell into your line of work, or plotted a deliberate career path matters not. Unless, you have found yourself in a role that causes more stress than satisfaction. In which case, take some time to step back and review your career choices. And use that information to inform future decisions.

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