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Coaching to Lead with Positivity

June 24, 2020 Posted by : Tim Hagen
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This is a sample coaching map from our book series Coaching Conversations - we hope you find this helpful!

Suggested Strategy:

  • Using a Define & Coach strategy, ensure that you and the individual you are coaching are under the same understanding of what it means to lead with positivity.  Use GOAL-Based Coaching to set specific goals with this person and create a strategy to implement to reach those goals.

Suggested Questions:

  • Define & Coach:  When you think about someone that uses positivity to lead their team, what do you think that person’s actions specifically look like?
  • Third-Party Question:  If we were to ask your team how they would describe your leadership approach, what do you think they might say and why?

Suggested Activities:

  • GOAL-Based Coaching:  What does the individual aspire to become Great at as a leader?  What Opportunities might be afforded to the individual by becoming great?  What Actions must the individual take to bring those opportunities within reach?  What will the individual Love about reaching their goals? 

Suggested Learning Projects:

  • Self-Directed Learning:  Assign for the individual to have one positive leadership moment each day with a different member of the team.  They should come back to your next coaching session with what strategy they implemented in each situation, as well as what the observed outcome after the interaction was.
  • Journal-Based Coaching:  Ask the individual to keep a journal with entries noting their positive leadership journey – what are some situations where they felt really successful in utilizing positivity with their team?  What are some instances where they still feel like they might be struggling to stay positive and why?  What strategies can they implement to remedy those situations in the future?

Supplemental Coaching Strategies:

  • 30-Second Coaching:  Reinforce positivity using positivity!  Take 30 seconds to acknowledge specific instances where the individual showed leadership through positivity.  Share with them the actions that you had observed and let them know why those actions are appreciated by you and beneficial to the team.
  • Observational Coaching:  Ask the individual to observe other leaders within the company as they interact with their teams.  What are some specific instances where they observed positive leadership by their peers?  What have they learned and can put into practice from their observations?

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About Author

Tim Hagen
Tim Hagen

Tim Hagen founded Progress Coaching, a Training Reinforcement Partner Company, in 1997. His entrepreneurial career began in college leading to positions in sales, sales management, and sales training for small and large corporations, and eventually ownership of several training companies. Tim is often a keynote speaker at companies teaching the value of coaching and conversations in the workplace. He possesses a unique combination of hands-on experience, academics, and innovative insight to solve the industry’s most common challenges specific to workplace performance. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in Adult Education and Training from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

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