A coaching culture can only be realized if it is created, developed and nurtured by leaders. The culture of an organization is defined by the leader and must be maintained by that leader (and all leaders in the organization). It is a trickle down effect that can only be accepted and fulfilled within the organization when the leader embraces the culture, shares the culture and lives the culture. A coaching culture can only be maintained if the leader effectively coaches, teaches others to coach and measures the success of the transformation of the organization as a result of the coaching culture.
What do we mean by culture? The culture of any organization is the organization's expectations, experiences, philosophy, and values that hold it together, and is expressed in its self-image, inner workings, interactions with the outside world, and any future expectations. When it comes to a coaching culture, coaching has to become a part of the expectations and values of the organization such that it occurs without effort and with buy-in from all involved. It will be accomplished because, not only do the leaders want it, those across the organization also expect it and will even demand it!
Why do those in the organization demand it? Because the coaching culture provides the ability for growth and development. Growth of individuals leads to the growth of the organization. As leaders demonstrate that they value those in the organization and they are willing to help them strive for improvement, those in the organization will, in turn, respond by excelling and developing professionally (maybe even personally). Effective coaching has a far greater impact than just the improvements seen in the organization – it has the ability to change lives.
When leaders create a coaching culture, the organization transforms because those impacted know that the leadership has their best interest at heart, that they are valued and that they will succeed because of the environment of culture is authentic.
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