Coaching competencies for leaders

coaching competenciesThe case for coaching is clear.  Now let’s look at how leaders apply coaching competencies in their work with their team members.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting the International Coach Federation coaching competencies, and how they translate into the workplace.

As a taster, here they are:

Setting the Foundation

  • Meeting Ethical Guidelines and Professional Standards
  • Establishing the Coaching Agreement

Co-creating the Relationship

  • Establishing Trust and Intimacy with the Client
  • Coaching Presence

Communicating Effectively

  • Active Listening
  • Powerful Questioning
  • Direct Communication

Facilitating Learning and Results

  • Creating Awareness
  • Designing Actions
  • Planning and Goal Setting
  • Managing Progress and Accountability


Some of these may seem obvious to the leader as coach, some less so.  We’ll take a look at each one in turn, to see what it can offer leaders as you take a step into using a coach approach.