Leaders with Good Coaching Skills Are Scarce, Finds New Study

There is a dangerous scarcity of leaders with good coaching skills, according to new research conducted by HR.com in partnership with professional services firm, InsideOut Development.

The study found that only about a fifth of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that managers in their organizations demonstrate behaviors that make a good coach. This scarcity occurs at a time when 94% of study participants said that manager-led coaching has either remained important or grown more important over the past year.

“Most people say that leader-led coaching will become even more of an imperative in 2018,” said Debbie McGrath, Chief Instigator and CEO of HR.com. “The research indicates that good coaching leads to higher engagement and productivity levels, so developing leaders as coaches is an area where organizations need to quickly step up their game.”

The study also found that leaders who are good coaches give employees the sense that they are “being heard,” creating opportunities for two-way feedback. These leaders also excel at providing clear direction.

The most widely cited coaching weakness of leaders is their inability to have difficult but necessary conversations with employees. Even leaders who are otherwise good coaches tend to struggle here.

Now available for download, the research report, “Coaching as a Management Must”, is based on responses from 649 HR professionals and was published in November 2017. It contains informative statistics valuable to implement coaching in an organization.

DOWNLOAD REPORT: “Coaching as a Management Must: What’s at stake when managers don’t coach their teams well–and how to turn the tide”

About InsideOut Development
InsideOut Development is a professional services firm that provides learning, coaching, and consultative solutions to a large, global clientele. The company, recognized as a leader in developing manager-as-coach skills, trains tens of thousands of people annually using the GROW(R) Model and other innovative tools and programs developed by Alan Fine and the InsideOut Development team. The company also provides instructional certification and has certified thousands of facilitators in its program offerings. The organization’s products and services have been used by hundreds of business industry leaders and many of the Fortune 500. www.insideoutdev.com

About HR.com
HR.com strives to help create inspired workforces by making HR professionals smarter. Over 1,100,000 HR professionals turn to HR.com as the trusted resource for education, career development, and compliance: 5,900+ lessons and tips in the HR Genius on-demand training library, 400+ webcasts yearly, the largest HR certification exam preparation practice supporting SHRM and HRCI certification, a global Leadership annual event, 12 monthly themed interactive HR epublications, and 35+ primary research reports. HR.com offers the best training and networking for HR professionals globally 24/7/365. www.HR.com

For more information, contact:
Debbie McGrath
Chief Instigator and CEO
1-877-472-6648, ext. 104