There are many different styles of managing a team. However, managing a team in the business world can in many ways resemble managing a team in the sports world. Unlike the Bad News Bears, managing a team drunk and without any real regard for them as a team won’t win the hearts and minds of those around you. Kidding aside, coaching a sports team can teach us a lot of great skills and techniques towards managing a workforce team.
Striving For The Future
One of the primary goals of the Coaching Management Style is in fostering and reinforcing the individual talents of team members. By guiding individual team members you can help them focus on their strengths and work on lessoning their weaknesses. This works both for the overall strength of the team but also towards those specific team members. By not only allowing but harboring an environment where team members can grow and evolve will slowly build the team up while continuing to keep moral high.
Hit The Showers
As a “coach” knowing when a team member needs a break or is pushing themselves to hard or is struggling with issues outside of the office is crucial to the integrity of the team. As the saying goes, a team is only as strong as their weakest link. If someone isn’t pulling their weight, a manager should find out why this is the case and see what they can do to rectify this. If this requires removing that team member from a project or from the team for a period of time so be it.
Ref Are You Blind
While remaining compassionate and friendly is one of the keys to using the coaching management style, you also have to know when to be assertive. A coach will not hesitate to argue with the ref and potentially even get kicked out of a game for trying to do the best for their team. While this might not always be the case, knowing when to put the needs of the team before the company is also very important to this management style.
Also another key element to the Coaching Management Style is knowing when a team member needs to be cut loose or replaced. While a team member who is having a hard time might need some special attention and consideration. A team member who is disruptive, undermining the project, or not fulfilling their tasks routinely needs to be removed from the equation. As the saying goes one bad apple spoils the whole bunch. Stepping in and pulling a team member is never an easy decision but having the confidence and leadership to do so is also part of this management style.