Coaching provides the opportunity for you as a senior staff member to enhance your skills, knowledge and insight in specific areas where you have limited experience or when you are faced with a particularly challenging issue or situation.
Coaching is done in real time, in a one-to-one situation with a coach that has been individually chosen for your personal and learning styles as well as your specific needs at that time.
There are two types of coaching:
Traditional Coaching - a one-to-one interaction to help the leader develop a new functional competence. Traditional coaching can be seen as a personalised form of training. It is appropriate for the development of new skills such as:
- making a presentation to a challenging audience
- writing a business plan
- learning to read financial reports
Transformational Coaching - where the coach helps the individual to find workable outcomes to new or challenging situations. Examples of situations where transformational coaching might be employed include supporting a leader to:
- create a vision for a school
- work better with challenging peers
- pull away from operational work
- work with greater emotional intelligence