The ALG approach is built on a core platform of developing great leaders that grow from their mastery of excellent coaching skills. Working with our clients to develop tracks that are aligned with their unique cultures and strategies, the ALG process for coaching direct reports has produced outstanding results for our clients, and can work for your needs in the future.
Fundamental to effective leadership is the discipline of coaching. At ALG, we define leadership in a comprehensive manner, in that the best leaders drive growth for the organization, and also drive individual growth among their team members. Especially at the individual level, the difference between good and great is largely the result of effective, intentional coaching that focuses on common goals while also developing an execution plan and measuring the results of performance along the way.
Effective coaches start with goals that reflect overall targets while also considering individual objectives. Goals should also have a timeframe and be categorized between near-term and long-term thresholds.
All business functions should incorporate a strategic and tactical plan for success. Great leaders provide guidance to develop such a plan, and then demonstrate by example and collaboration to deliver results.
The pursuit of goals through a defined plan must be measured to capture results and then compared against stated targets. Coaches are skilled through experience and training to create appropriate measurement tools that accurately reflect the results of plan execution.
Plans and related tactics are rarely executed without making changes, as market factors can change quickly and customer needs often are adjusted based on those market changes. The right coaching mindset is essential to help teams pivot effectively to drive performance.
Ongoing Active Collaboration
Perhaps the most important coaching skill is staying engaged with the plan and the team, and knowing when to lead, when to support, and when to observe. Balancing those perspectives can be fluid based on a number of factors, but great leaders understand and demonstrate committed involvement to the success of the team and the individuals.