You don’t need to be a natural leader to manage like a coach

Bruce Tulgan, founder of RainmakerThinking is a renowned author and adviser to business leaders all over the world. Here, in response to us shouting about the importance of coaching to new manager training, he tells us why to be an effective coach, managers don’t need to holler ‘Rah! Rah!’ – and why it is something that can be learned. We’ve been exploring the learning-doing gap in management training, and trying to find out why so many investments in training for new managers fail to cross the divide. As a result, we’ve developed ManagementPlus – a blended approach for new managers that has coaching at its heart. Managers get coached by their managers – but can everyone be a good coach? Leadership expert and author, Bruce Tulgan, tells us they can and how. Coach? But I’m not a natural leader… Many managers tell me, “I’m not a natural leader. I’m an —.” (You fill in the blank: accountant, engineer, doctor, etc.) They say, “I don’t really enjoy managing. It involves a lot of difficult conversations.” What these managers are really saying is that they don’t know how to talk to their employees about the work in an effective way. Only the […]