When Does The Boss Need Coaching?

A caring and respectful business owner or manager might recognise that their employees may benefit from coaching, and that this will almost certainly pay for itself in terms of productivity, lower absenteeism, less staff churn and so on, but what happens when that same boss fails to recognise that they too could benefit from coaching?

Being in charge and taking responsibility for the welfare of other people can be stressful. Add to that the issues inherent in running your own business or having that plaque on your wall that says ‘The Buck Stops Here’, and you have a potentially explosive situation without even realising it, and when the explosion comes the results can be messy; even disastrous!

In an organisation that has adopted a coaching culture it’s a problem that probably wouldn’t arise, as everyone would have an implicit permission to talk about their concerns, and if the concern was the wellbeing of the boss, then it would be a problem shared.

In an organisation without such a culture however, the boss is potentially isolated from the observations of the staff, and is unlikely to recognise that any problem exists, while at the same time quite possibly getting more and more stressed, more and more anxious, more and more inclined to unfocussed anger and ultimately inclined to fall into depression, which is never going to be good for business or staff morale.

OK, I grant I’m painting a bleak and extreme picture, but is it unrealistic?

If you ARE the boss, are you letting yourself get the support you need? If the answer is no, then perhaps it’s time to find someone to help you carry the load.


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