Coaching is a very powerful way of communicating with other people. Your main focus is to understand the situation and the most important needs that needs to be addressed. Coaching is not just listening, it is a very dynamic process of questions, answers, ideas and conclusions. When you master the coaching process you act as a natural force in the room and secure understanding and well-grounded decisions. This creates great efficiency and shared view of what’s decided and why. You immediately notice when someone is not engaged or misunderstands, and act to support them being present in the moment.
As you grow your awareness and control your thoughts, you simultaneously increase your ability to stay in what I call “coaching mode” to achieve the results you are aiming for as a leader. The power of curiosity and a genuine wish to understand creates a very natural development process. When you fall into the trap of talking and direct people with poor listening you loose your positive influence and ability to contribute on a high level. Check yourself if you are in “coaching mode” or if you have stepped into “explaining mode” right now and reflect upon the difference it makes for you.