Coaching Habits: How Great Leaders Help People Do Great Work

Do enough leaders instinctively act more as coaches than managers? Should they use coaching habits to inspire great work?

According to our guest on The Rebel Leader, Michael Bungay Stainer – author of “The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever” – we should!

During this insightful interview, Michael shares his unique perspective on how to inspire great work by changing the way we lead:

  • Why leaders shouldn’t be coaches, per se… but they should be more “coach-like”
  • How in just 10 minutes a day we, as leaders, can positively and dramatically impact the members of our team
  • How asking a sincere question, instead of dominating the conversation, shows a willingness to give up power and control
  • How courageous coaches are more able to help someone else realize their full potential and become more self-sufficient in their work
  • How being a coach sometimes means speaking the hard truth in a compassionate way
  • What makes the seven essential coaching questions so powerful as we work toward getting to the heart of what is really going on
  • And much more that will help you become a more rebellious leader!

Be sure to check out the entire interview. Michael’s advice is based on a great foundation and is sound in practice. Most important, his approach to leadership is immediately actionable. We felt we were better leaders just by participating in the conversation!


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Mark Babbitt is a speaker, author and blogger who serves as CEO and Founder of YouTern, a social community for college students, recent graduates and young professionals that Mashable calls a "Top 5 Online Community for Starting Your Career." He is also President of ExchangeGain and CMO and co-founder of Mark is the father of five and a grandfather; he and the woman who tolerates him (barely) call Seattle, Washington home.

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