Coaching and Mentoring
When you talk about leadership and taking action, coaching and mentoring come to mind as coaching and mentoring help people discover and realise their full potential (natural gifts and talents).
Coaching and mentoring may enable them to learn and enhance new skills as well as help them advance in their chosen field in addition to capitalising their natural gifts and talents.
Here are some basic steps in coaching and mentoring
1. Set clear expectations as well as measurable goals.
How can you start coaching and mentoring other people when you have not established any expectations and goals?
It is best to let your students take part in this process so that they will be more inspired and encouraged to take action. The goals of coaching and mentoring programs should not be delegated to trainees. You have to work as a team, thus you need to work out an agreement in setting the goals of the coaching and mentoring programs. In doing so, you are creating a harmonious and balanced atmosphere between you and your team of coaches and students.
2. Get to know your students well.
This is very crucial in the process of coaching and mentoring. You must have a clear understanding of your students' weaknesses and strengths. In addition, you have to find out whether they are ready to take part in the coaching and mentoring program and they have the necessary skills to carry out the pre-set goals.
How can you go into coaching and mentoring your students when your student does not even know a thing or two about personal & professional development and inspiring others? If you know your students well enough, it will be easier for you to make adjustments in order to meet each of their specific needs and demands.
3. Give performance assessment.
You have to observe your students carefully in your coaching and mentoring sessions, particularly on how they react to changes, how open they are to new and challenging ideas, and how active they are in participating and interacting in group activities and discussions.
In coaching and mentoring, these observations are helpful when giving your students their performance review and assessment. Keep in mind that when you deliver your feedback or assessment on their performance, you have to use encouraging words rather than de-powering ones, and give your students an opportunity to explain their actions or behaviour before you go into coaching and mentoring them on ways to improve their performance.
4. Ask for feedback to improve coaching and mentoring.
Coaching and mentoring is not one-way process of communication. You should also allow your students to give their own feedback as to how well you are doing your job in coaching and mentoring them. It is also advisable that you ask them for any recommendations at the end of your coaching and mentoring sessions.
And remember this… first you LEARN, then you DO, then you TEACH. The most effective way to be an effective coach and mentor is to lead by example as a master practitioner of your chosen craft or profession.