Sometimes leadership coaching isn’t a “one-to-one” relationship, but it’s a group processing together.
Being a part of a coaching group is rewarding in that you will have the opportunity to receive feedback and input from not only the leader of the group, but from each of the members of the group.
Here are some basics to consider when starting a Coaching Group:
#1) BE INTENTIONAL
Don’t let it be so casual. Help people know what’s expected of them, give details: when, where, what, how, why.
#2) LEARN AND ADJUST
Sometimes you have to just start, then make adjustments. Every group is made of different personalities. Be able to adjust as you get to know the group members.
I encourage you to evaluate often, even after each session. Ask questions: What worked for you? What didn’t work? What needs to be added?
When you identify a group of people to become a part of a coaching group, here are 3 reminders:
•LEAD FROM YOUR STRENGTH AND GIFTS
As the leader, use your strengths, gifts, experience and passion to lead the group. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Allow the group to mold around your leadership style and be willing to begin your group with vulnerability and honesty.
•TAKE TIME TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS
Don’t focus on a list of things to get through. Spend your first sessions getting to know each other better. Share your lives, share your stories. This will break down any walls and as relationships are build, trust is built. When you lay this foundation, the depth and impact will be greatly increased.
•USE ALL THE TOOLS YOU CAN
Realize that even as everyone is different, every person learns and processes differently as well. Be creative. Take the time to prepare well. Come at topics from different perspectives using different approaches. Don’t assume that everyone learns the same way.
The most important thing is that when you bring together a group of people to learn and process together, allow God to lead you. You may not always follow your plan and agenda, but you will be able to respond to real needs and provide an environment where leaders are challenged and where they can grow and develop.
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