Implementing Personalised Leadership Coaching & Mentoring IV 

Implementing Personalised Leadership Coaching & Mentoring IV

Today, we conclude our 4-part series on one of our highly recommended strategies for driving a culture of peak performance – Implementing Personalised Leadership Coaching & Mentoring. Over the past 3 weeks, we have looked at (i) 8 Reasons Leaders Must Adopt A Coaching Leadership Style in 2024 (ii) 9 Ways To Develop Coaching Leaders On Your Team and (iii)  5 Coaching Errors Leaders Make And How To Avoid Them

 10 Strategies for Coaching Your Team for Peak Performance 

Because employee performance has a significant impact on an organization’s capacity to meet its objectives; efficient and productive workers can be invaluable assets in guiding an enterprise in the right direction. Nevertheless, a lot of leaders still struggle to inspire their workers to drive performance. Therefore, it is critical that leaders intentionally create a conducive workplace environment as well as systems that will enable their teams to thrive. 

BetterUp’s research, revealed that managers who underwent leadership coaching to build resilience saw a 31% increase in team performance, a 9% increase in team innovation, and a 52% decrease in burnout.  This is why we arepresent these 10 distinct approaches to optimising employee efficiency and peak performance for success. 

1. Examine Performance Indicators
Discussing mediocre performance without first identifying the gaps in your organisational structure will only end in using up tangible resources to play the complain game without fixing the main issue. Therefore, it is not just important to get the key performance indicators right the first time, but it is really important to review them from time to time to ascertain that your team are square pegs in a square hole and if these KPIs still support your business goals. Periodic review of KPIs can help you understand why your team members are not meeting your objectives or turning in their best efforts. Once these factors have been determined, you can create processes with the explicit intention of giving your team members greater assistance so they can thrive. 

2. Communicate with purpose every time
As a leader, unproductive communication might cause your team to become more confused and disengaged from their jobs. To mainstream productive communication, you must therefore be more intentional about not just what you say, how you say it and what your team members understand. Make it your mission to to avoid ambiguity and misinterpretation. Your team members are more likely to accomplish the objectives you set for them when they are aware of their roles, responsibilities, and purpose. Providing your team with an understandable and practical explanation of their roles from the outset and continuous engagement will enable you to set appropriate performance expectations. 

3. Be disciplined with your objectives
While it is important to be intentional in your communication, you must be disciplined with your objectives. Nothing confuses your team more that when they see you pursuit divergent goals. What you say to them is not as important as what you do consistently. While flexibility is a great skill, you want to ensure you don’t have team members confused. They must  understand how they fit into the overall objectives of your company. This objective must be consistent.

Developing workflow maps for your team might even be an effective approach; these visual aids would assist them in seeing the connections between tasks, situations in which cooperation could be useful, and the ultimate objective of a given project. Moreover, by keeping your team goal-oriented, you can more accurately gauge how well your workers are doing in achieving their goals, which would enable you to offer on-the-spot assistance and intervention as needed. 

4. Manage your expectations

It is important to have realistic expectations when you set goals for your team. Your team may not miraculously delivery 100x of their expected performance even if you have reviewed your KPIs, ensure productive communication and you are consistent with your objectives you lead with unrealistic expectations. As much as possible, provide your team with required resources, be kind and encourage them to deliver their very best. This can support team members in continuing to collaborate to achieve a common objective. 

5. Prioritise Accountability

Prioritizing accountability on your team is paramount for fostering trust, efficiency, and long-term success. By holding individuals and teams accountable for their actions, decisions, and outcomes, organizations establish a culture of responsibility and transparency. This culture encourages team members to take ownership of their work, promotes collaboration, and ensures that objectives are met effectively. Additionally, accountability helps identify areas for improvement, facilitates timely problem-solving, and strengthens stakeholder relationships by demonstrating integrity and reliability. Ultimately, integrating accountability into the fabric of a business not only enhances performance but also cultivates a positive organizational environment where accountability becomes a shared value upheld by all stakeholders.

6. Leverage Constructive Feedback

Effective leaders understand the critical role of providing feedback in nurturing growth and organizational development. By offering constructive feedback, you empower your team members to recognize their strengths, address weaknesses, and continuously improve their performance. This feedback loop fosters open communication, trust, and a culture of learning within the team. Moreover, when delivered thoughtfully and with empathy, feedback helps align individual goals with organizational objectives, motivates individuals to strive for excellence, and ultimately drives overall success. Leaders who prioritize giving feedback create an environment where team members feel valued, supported, and inspired to reach their full potential. Whenproviding observations, educate your team about their strengths and potential areas for development. By putting such a system in place, you and your team will be able to acquire practical and understandable advice on how to collaborate to accomplish objectives.

7. Provide Rewards as well as Opportunities for Growth and Learning
You should provide opportunities for growth and learning for their team by fostering a culture of continuous development and empowerment. This can involve offering various training programs, workshops, and mentorship opportunities tailored to individual needs and aspirations. Also, you can encourage team members to take on new challenges, projects, and responsibilities that stretch their skills and knowledge. By providing constructive feedback, recognizing achievements, and promoting a growth mindset, you inspire a sense of ownership and enthusiasm for learning within the team. Moreover, creating a supportive environment where team members feel safe to experiment, fail, and learn from mistakes fosters resilience and innovation. When you provide opportunities for growth and learning cultivate a motivated, skilled, and adaptable workforce capable of driving organizational success in a rapidly evolving landscape.

8. Be Open minded

Leaders must be open-minded to effectively navigate the complexities of today’s diverse and rapidly changing business landscape. By embracing different perspectives, ideas, and approaches, open-minded leaders foster innovation, creativity, and adaptability within their teams. This willingness to listen, learn, and consider alternative viewpoints not only promotes collaboration and problem-solving but also strengthens relationships with employees, stakeholders, and customers. Open-minded leaders inspire trust and respect by demonstrating humility, curiosity, and a willingness to challenge their own assumptions. Furthermore, in an era of uncertainty and disruption, being open-minded enables leaders to anticipate change, seize opportunities, and lead with agility. By valuing diversity of thought and embracing new ways of thinking, leaders can drive transformative growth and drive their organizations towards sustainable success.

9. Promote Inclusive Collaboration

Leaders must foster collaboration within their teams as it cultivates synergy, innovation, and shared ownership of goals. By creating an inclusive environment where diverse perspectives are valued and encouraged, leaders harness the collective intelligence and creativity of their team members. Collaboration breaks down silos, promotes cross-functional communication, and enables individuals to leverage each other’s strengths to achieve common objectives. Moreover, collaborative environments foster a sense of belonging and camaraderie, enhancing employee engagement and satisfaction. By fostering collaboration, leaders not only drive organizational performance but also cultivate a culture of trust, accountability, and continuous improvement, essential for long-term success in today’s interconnected world.

10. Celebrate Achievements

Leaders must celebrate achievements within their teams to reinforce positive behaviors, boost morale, and foster a culture of appreciation and recognition. By acknowledging and celebrating milestones, both big and small, leaders demonstrate gratitude and respect for the hard work and contributions of their team members. Celebrating achievements not only motivates individuals to continue striving for excellence but also strengthens team cohesion and camaraderie. Moreover, publicly recognizing successes cultivates a sense of pride and accomplishment, reinforcing the organization’s values and objectives. By making celebration a regular practice, leaders create a positive and rewarding work environment where employees feel valued, engaged, and inspired to deliver their best performance.

Opportunities

To further position your leaders for peak performance, you can download a free copy of the latest edition of The Peak Performer Magazine You can also enrol your Mid-level  Leadership Team for the Made4More Accelerator Program and your Senior Leadership Team for the Dr. Abiola Salami International Leadership Bootcamp MOMBASA 2024 We also have an upcoming training for leaders in public service

About Dr. Abiola Salami

Dr. Abiola Salami is the Convener of Dr Abiola Salami International Leadership Bootcamp and The Peak PerformerTM. He is the Principal Performance Strategist at CHAMP – a full scale professional services firm trusted by high performing business leaders for providing Executive Coaching, Workforce Development & Advisory Services to improve performance. You can reach his team on hello@abiolachamp.com and connect with him @abiolachamp on all social media platforms. 

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