When people think of coaching they often think of coaching in terms of the individual, one-on-one variety. There are many situations where team coaching is a great alternative. Leaders should consider team coaching when:
- A new team is being formed because of restructuring, reorganizations, acquisitions, expansion of lines of business, etc.
- A project team has organization-critical goals and deadlines.
- Existing teams are exhibiting dysfunctional behavior— moderate or severe.
- Two highly interdependent teams are not working well together.
- A high-functioning team wants to get even better.
- Several individuals in a team or group have similar development needs and may benefit from working together as a group.
- The leader is looking for a cost- and time-efficient way to provide coaching to several individuals or invest on a more limited scale with less senior teams.
There are many benefits to coaching a team and versus an individual in a team:
- Clarity of shared vision and purpose
- Learning coaching as a leadership skill
- Increased trust and stronger relationships
- Avoiding team members feeling singled out (positively or negatively) for formal development
- Scale of impact
If you have questions about coaching (team or otherwise), don’t hesitate to contact me.