Leader as Coach

One of my student coaches recently sent me this article from the Harvard Business Review.  If you are a leader, you are going to get great value from this article!  She sums it up better than I can:

“The article talks about how management styles have had to change to better respond to a different business culture and speed.  It reflects on the increasing irrelevance of hierarchy-style management, and the growth and importance of coach-style management.  It made me think of some of our law firm leaders in the coach training and the coach-style leadership they employ at their firms.  And it made me think of how we are learning tools that are not just relevant for us and our future coaching businesses, but also for our functionality within our existing jobs and opportunities to manage people.  And how the approaches that we believe in are being adopted by business culture more broadly (a dream come true for me!).  What an exciting time to be ahead of the curve!”

I am attaching the article here as a special bonus blog post (next week as promised will still be part II in our breakdowns in communications series) because it offers great distinctions on how to learn to lead as a coach, rather than in a hierarchical manner and compelling reasons to do so.  If you are interested in learning this way of leading, read this article:

https://hbr.org/2019/11/the-leader-as-coach

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And if you are interested in learning more about the “leader as coach” model, check out our training for 2020:

www.mclarencoaching.com/coach-training

From a current trainee:

“As the owner of my own law firm, I decided to take the McLaren Coaching, Transformative Coaching Essentials coach training program, in order to add a new component to my practice, where I could help clients resolve disputes without having to litigate. I have learned a lot about how people think, behave, and react and that has supported this part of my business. This has also helped me connect with clients, referral partners and my employees. I have used the coaching tools of enrollment, accountability and communication to increase my business revenue, grow my practice, and change the way I relate to employees and clients. This program is a creative, innovative and fun way to learn these skills. I would recommend this program for business owners who are looking to grow or connect more and in a different way with employees and clients; also to managers who are looking to be more effective with their staff.”
– Ali Goff, owner Law Offices of Alexandria Goff

About the Author

Cami McLaren

Cami McLaren

is the owner of McLaren Coaching. She has been coaching attorneys and management since early 2008. She wrote a book, published by the American Bar Association, "Coaching for Attorneys: Improving Productivity and Achieving Balance." She coaches attorneys and managers one-on-one, and provides in-house training designed to improve productivity and bring accountability to the organization.

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