Academic journal article Creative Nursing

The Leader as Coach: How to Coach a Winning Team (2Nd Ed.)

Academic journal article Creative Nursing

The Leader as Coach: How to Coach a Winning Team (2Nd Ed.)

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The Leader as Coach: How to Coach a Winning Team (2nd Ed.) Richard Huseman. Oviedo, FL: Equity Press, 2007, 140 pp., $12.95 (soft cover).

This book is true to its title and explores how and why successful leaders coach rather than simply manage. The writing is direct, and content flows logically through chapters describing the new importance of leadership, what a coach really does, coaching your winning team, relational intelligence, feedback as the key to coaching, and a coaching scorecard. The book is a quick 1- to 2-hour read, making it perfect for airline trips or an afternoon perusal.

In describing the new importance of leadership, Dr. Huseman uses the concept of corporate loyalty as a springboard for characterizing relationships at work within a grid of caring and competence. Most importantly, the author highlights the impact of first-line managers on employee performance and satisfaction. More than ever before, the manager's approach to leading through coaching may be the best way to enhance work performance and culture. However, Huseman is quick to say that coaches "get you from where you are to where you want to be" (p. 19), noting that this isn't the same as a manager moving an employee to where the manager wants him or her to be! The author identifies individuals' self-awareness and ownership as keys to successful outcomes and describes several specific strategies for coaching employees.

Huseman bases many of the examples in the book on a real-life sports coach from his childhood. He paints a compelling picture of a coach who demonstrated excellent application of coaching strategies including selection of team members, creating a winning culture, practicing what is preached, and making sure that teams know their scores (i.e., performance metrics are widely shared and easily understood to help judge outcomes).

A particularly helpful section of the book deals with differing strategies for coaching high performers, solid performers, and low performers. Clear descriptions of the three groups of performers and the recommended strategies for each provide approaches that are immediately applicable. …

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