by Andrea Charman

Self-assessment exercise

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1. Being a good leader
Set clear direction and empower people      
Encourage independence of action      
Discourage dependent behaviour      
Trust people to be competent and do their best      
Invest significant time in coaching others      
Ask for coaching yourself      
Collaborate effectively with peers      
Look for win-win relationships rather than win-lose      
Skilled management of alliances and joint ventures      
Invest time in internal networking in order to learn from others      


2. Leadership coaching skills capacity
Establish rapport and open communication with others      
Clearly explain concepts, techniques, information as needed      
Give clarification, summaries, responses at the right time      
Listen actively and positively      
Observe alertly and accurately      
Use appropriate questioning      
Show sensitivity and empathy to the thoughts and ideas of others      
Give clear, concise, constructive, confidence-building feedback      
Get acceptance and commitment to performance goals      
Encourage self-development in others      
Recognise and adapt to the operating styles of others      
Actively assist and encourage others with special needs      


3. Critical attributes
Have a sense of humour      
Be assertive, not aggressive      
Be firm, not domineering      
Be knowledgeable but do not know all      
Demonstrate self-belief, not arrogance      
Manage emotions of self and others      
Act as a motivator/positive role model