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Taking a coach approach in your conversations and relationships can be a powerful leadership tool to inspire and influence growth. Coaching can serve an important role in supporting and helping your colleagues and team members gain a wider or better perspective on their situation. It is not about fixing or giving advice. It involves listening deeply, asking powerful questions to gain a deeper understanding and consider different perspectives, staying curious and suspending judgement, and helping to provide both accountability and support. This page provides resources to help build leaders and leadership through coaching.

Leader as Coach Video Resources:

TED Talks

How do we improve in the face of complexity? Atul Gawande has studied this question with a surgeon's precision. He shares what he's found to be the key: having a good coach to provide a more accurate picture of our reality, to instill positive habits of thinking, and to break our actions down and then help us build them back up again. "It's not how good you are now; it's how good you're going to be that really matters," Gawande says.

The Art of Coaching Employees

The Art of Coaching Employees - Part 1 from LifeatLeggett

The Art of Coaching Employees - Part 2 from LifeatLeggett

Webinars

Books at the Health Sciences Library

  • Brief Coaching for Lasting Solutions by Insoo Kim Berg; Peter Szabó (2005): Perhaps more so than in any other situation, coaching allows practitioners to quickly forge collaborative relationships with their clients and help them maximize their performance in work and in life. Brief Coaching for Lasting Solutions teaches coaches how to conduct conversations that are most useful to clients in achieving their goals within a brief period of time.
  • Co-active coaching : changing business, transforming lives by Karen Kimsey-House; Henry Kimsey-House; Phillip Sandahl (2011): "Co-Active Coaching remains the bible of coaching guides. . . . No other book gives you the tools, the skills, and the fundamentals to succeed." - Stephen Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Coaching and Mentoring Skills by Andrew J. DuBrin (2004): This practical, hands-on book covers twelve key areas of skill development that enable today's learners to become effective coaches and mentors of tomorrow. It contains useful and serious advice - based on research, theory, and practice - encouraging innovation, improvement, and the type of individual contributions that create an environment of success and continuous learning.
  • Coaching as a leadership style : the art and science of coaching conversations for healthcare professionals by Robert L. Hicks (2013): This book introduces a unique and practical coaching style as a way of interacting with colleagues, managing direct-reports, helping others solve problems, responding to change, making effective choices and developing professionally. It draws from four evidence-based models for interacting with others and facilitating change and reframes them so that they are congruent with managerial and leadership terminology and provide a practical set of methods and tools for today's healthcare leader.
  • Coaching Basics by Lisa Haneberg (2006): Targeted and focused, Coaching Basics is an essential resource for anyone wishing to boost both individual and company-wide performance.
  • Creating a Mentoring Culture by Lois J. Zachary (2005): Written for anyone who wants to embed mentoring within their organization, Creating a Mentoring Culture is filled with step-by-step guidance, practical advice, engaging stories, and includes a wealth of reproducible forms and tools.
  • Internal coaching : the inside story by Katharine St John-Brooks (2013): Drawing on the stories of hundreds of internal coaches, coach sponsors, lead coaches, supervisors of internal coaches and coach trainers, Internal Coaching: The Inside Story gives internal coaches a voice. It makes available to hard-pressed HR directors, talent managers, and learning and development professionals the fruits of very practical research into what is working in organisations and how they might maximise the value for money they get from their investment in internal coaches.
  • Creating a Mentoring Culture by Lois J. Zachary (2005): Written for anyone who wants to embed mentoring within their organization, Creating a Mentoring Culture is filled with step-by-step guidance, practical advice, engaging stories, and includes a wealth of reproducible forms and tools. 
  • Leadership Team Coaching by Peter Hawkins (2014): Leadership Team Coaching takes an integrated, systemic approach which provides a thorough understanding of the role and importance of the team to organizational objectives, offering the practical tools and techniques essential to facilitate optimum team performance through transformational leadership. Peter Hawkins draws on the latest research to give a practical roadmap for developing people from disparate groups into a high performing team that can transform your business.
  • Mastering leadership : an integrated framework for breakthrough performance and extraordinary business results by Anderson, Robert J. & Adams, W. A. (Bill) (2016): In Mastering Leadership, Robert J. Anderson and William A. Adams argue that in order for organizations to generate extraordinary results, leaders must first transform their values, emotional intelligence, and decision-making systems. To that end, the authors provide an integrative framework, known as the Universal Model of Leadership, designed to help leaders evolve both their competencies and their consciousness. They assert that only by changing their worldviews can leaders create and sustain groundbreaking organizations.

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