Lead­er­ship coach­ing

The Australian Education Reporter - - EVENTS & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT -

LEAD­ER­SHIP Coach­ing can have a real im­pact in shap­ing a cul­ture of chal­lenge and sup­port to en­able ef­fec­tive stu­dent learn­ing out­comes, yet many lead­ers find coach­ing con­ver­sa­tions to be dif­fi­cult, too time con­sum­ing, or don’t feel con­fi­dent enough to use the coach­ing ap­proach.

Coach­ing is the art of em­pow­er­ing peo­ple to im­prove their ef­fec­tive­ness, in a way that makes them feel helped. Em­pow­er­ing peo­ple means bring­ing out the best in them with­out telling, di­rect­ing, or do­ing it for them.

Ed­u­ca­tional lead­ers are at the heart of any high per­form­ing ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem. Ac­tively us­ing a ‘Leader as Coach’ ap­proach en­ables prin­ci­pals to have their per­sonal and pro­fes­sion vi­sion re­alised, while build­ing strong and in­no­va­tive school com­mu­ni­ties.

“Great lead­ers coach their teams to achieve,” Prin­ci­pals Aus­tralia In­sti­tute (PAI) chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Paul Geyer said.

“Prin­ci­pals and school lead­ers are jug­gling so many as­pects to their roles and tak­ing the time to coach their teams adds yet an­other re­quire­ment on their busy sched­ules.

“The ‘Ed­u­ca­tion Leader as Coach’ pro­gram has been de­signed with busy ed­u­ca­tional lead­ers and prin­ci­pals in mind. We are proud to part­ner with Coach Stu­dio to run these ses­sions.”

This in­ten­sive one-day pro­gram (which in­cludes pre-work and fol­low up ses­sion) pro­vides the es­sen­tial skills with a practical fo­cus, to de­velop con­fi­dence in ap­ply­ing coach­ing skills in every­day ed­u­ca­tion sit­u­a­tions.

Pro­fes­sional lead­er­ship coaches cre­ate a learn­ing environment for lead­ers which al­lows them to be their best, while learn­ing pow­er­ful com­mu­ni­ca­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion tools us­ing real-work sce­nar­ios.

Or­gan­i­sa­tional out­comes can be bet­ter achieved through hav­ing coach­ing con­ver­sa­tions.

Some of the ben­e­fits in­clude: cre­at­ing a per­for­mance-fo­cussed environment where tal­ents and ca­pa­bil­i­ties are grown and de­vel­oped; fo­cus on pos­si­bil­i­ties and solutions, not prob­lems; in­spir­ing team mem­bers to achieve their best; im­prov­ing work­place re­la­tion­ships; achiev­ing higher lev­els of staff en­gage­ment; de­vel­op­ing lead­ers’ con­fi­dence to deal with chal­leng­ing is­sues and dif­fi­cult con­ver­sa­tions; skilling-up man­agers/ su­per­vi­sors who are able to mo­ti­vate, col­lab­o­rate, and coach to get the best out of their teams; and be­com­ing per­for­mance fo­cussed and de­vel­op­ing a feed­back-rich cul­ture.

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In­crease lead­er­ship ef­fec­tive­ness and achieve school out­comes.

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