5 Leadership Team Coaching in Practice Tips

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“True leaders emerge from crises.” Simbotwe Peterson

This article provides thoughtful tips on Leadership Team Coaching in Practice. Good leadership in a crisis is even more rare than in normal times. A crisis, for all its challenges, also presents opportunities. It’s your job as an executive coach to help leaders seize such opportunities.

How can you best help them use their strengths to benefit their organisation?

Related Read: Absolute Importance of Executive Coaching

Leadership Team Coaching in Practice Tips
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Recognizing the Leaders’ Challenges

A good executive coach empathises with his/her clients. To do so, he/she must be aware of the challenges leaders face in these extraordinary times.

  • Operating in a distributed, remote environment is difficult enough.
  • Layoffs, furloughs, and employee retention
  • Rebuilding and maintaining supply chains.
  • Changing market realities
  • Plant relocations

These are obvious issues facing leaders in a crisis. Add to that the myriad personal and professional challenges we all face, and you get a better idea of what leaders face.

Active Listening

One of the most important skills of a good Leadership coach is active listening. Other features include:

  • Empathy
  • A genuine desire to aid
  • a deep regard for the client
  • Flexibility in addressing client’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Finding solutions and opportunities

What does active listening mean in the post-COVID-19 “New Normal”?

As a Leadership coach, you should admit your own struggles with the situation. Your goal is to encourage clients to struggle. Empathize and be compassionate. This is how your clients should communicate with their reports.

I’ve always considered empathy a metric of leadership maturity.

Asking the Right Questions

Ask important questions like:

  • How to lead under duress
  • What do you think are your crisis leadership strengths and weaknesses?
  • Do you get along with people of various personalities?
  • How do you communicate with people of different orientations?
  • Where is your blind spot? Do you need more data/feedback?
  • How do you communicate concisely?

By asking these questions, you help your clients evolve. Recognizing a problem is the first step towards solving it.

Bringing Out the Best


Being a receptacle for your clients’ anxieties is part of your job as a crisis leadership coach. You want your clients to be calm and human at the same time.

Make your clients feel positive about the situation. The old ‘rulebook’ is gone, but they can start fresh. Persuade them to seek new opportunities

Including All Leaders in Leadership Coaching

A leadership coach’s services should not be restricted to senior management. Persuade your clients to use your services for all levels of leadership.

Good Book Reads on Leadership Team Coaching in Practice

Organizations are increasingly complex, requiring flexibility to implement significant, rapid change that goes beyond the ability of an individual leader or CEO. A high-performing and cohesive leadership team is critical for success. There is a book named – Leadership Team Coaching in Practice by Peter Hawkins which presents enlightening case studies on how leadership team coaching techniques have been applied internationally across a variety of team types and industries, including professional services, pharmaceuticals, airlines, healthcare and finance. With expert contributions from chief executives, team coaches, team leaders and consultants, this practical guide illustrates best practice tailored to the needs of each organization. Please make use of it by reading through purchase.

About Srinivas Saripalli 47 Articles
Hi! I'm Srinivas Saripalli. For over eighteen years I've been building high-performing software development teams and organizations through the use of agile and Scrum. I've worked with startups and some of the largest organizations in the world. To find answers to specific questions about Scrum and agile, scaling agile, agile transformation and leadership coaching browse my blog. I am an Executive Leadership Coach handling select clients in the are of Agile & cultural Transformation. I am a Certified Scrum Professional, a seasoned strategist in executions of Coaching Agile Transformations. I am also a SAFe Program Consultant. I have also held positions of process quality consultant in CMMI and ISO doing harmonising process operations for customers, including the implementation of quality programmes in Hi-tech, Retail, Media, and Publishing.

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