Many people are afraid to get help. They think they’ll look weak, stupid, or incompetent. But the truth is that getting help when you need it is an incredibly smart move. As a boss, you’re probably already stretched pretty thin. You lead a team, manage your projects and customers, answer to your boss, and even have some administrative tasks to do. There’s no shame in being overwhelmed.
But it’s worth investing in your leadership skills if you want to get more done and be happy at work. And one of the most effective ways to do that is by hiring a coach. They can help you become a stronger boss — and here’s how:
1. Develop Your Leadership Skills
When you’re a boss, it’s easy to feel leadership is all about you. You’re in charge. You’re responsible for everything that happens. If it doesn’t go well, it’s entirely your fault. The idea of bringing in someone to be the voice of an outside authority on the quality of your leadership can seem strange and even demeaning when you already feel like you know what’s right.
But what if there was a way to work with an outside professional who could help you grow and develop your skills? Creating that kind of relationship with a coach is the gift you can give yourself, your company, and those around you. You might feel that it’s a luxury that your small business can’t afford, but when you look at the costs associated with hiring and training new employees dealing with turnover from unsatisfied workers, or having to deal with the fallout from making a poor choice on an important decision, or just trying to keep up with all the complexities of running a business today, it might be time for an investment that helps ensure ongoing success.
2. Create Accountability Within Your Team
As a manager, it’s easy to fall into the trap of not holding your staff accountable for results. It can feel like you’re encroaching on their territory and intruding on their autonomy. This is especially true when you work with people who have been around for a long time, want to be as independent as possible, and aren’t used to being told what to do.
The problem with this approach is that you need to know what information is getting lost in the cracks between your regular meetings with your team. Sooner or later, some members may need to know their expectations to catch up. When that happens, getting them back on track is hard because they don’t understand what success looks like or how they can get there.
The solution to this problem is accountability coaching. Accountability coaching is a process by which you can hold your employees accountable for their goals without micromanaging them.
3. Helps You Understand Your Weaknesses and Strengths
One of the most helpful elements of coaching is gaining insight into your strengths and weaknesses. If something comes up, or you don’t feel like you’re doing a good job managing everything in your company, it can be helpful to get some executive coaching services.
At the beginning of the process, the coach may ask you to evaluate yourself in certain areas. As you go through the process, you’ll be able to see where you excel and where you feel like you’re falling short. This information can help you shape your future goals and work on areas you want to improve.
4. Help You Stop Wasting Time on Things That Don’t Matter
Time is precious, so it’s easy to waste it when you could be doing something more productive. The good news is that you don’t have to waste time! A coach can help. A coach will work with you to help make sure that what you’re putting your time into is aligned with your goals and help you fulfill your mission.
A coach will help you stop wasting time on things that don’t matter and instead focus on what does. A coach will help you do this in several ways—through strategic planning; careful analysis of where time is wasted; setting goals and keeping yourself accountable; helping clarify your vision; through creating systems and processes. This helps put the fun back into work and sustainably achieve professional success.
The more you know how your employees work and the more support they have from you, the better your company will function. But most importantly, if you are a weak boss, it’s time for a little introspection to see if you could also benefit from the coaching experience.