Leaders Are Coaches

“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.” – Voltaire (1694 – 1778)

In that sense, leaders may focus on asking the right question in the right circumstances using the right tone rather than believing they always have to have the right answer.

The best one word to describe a leader may not be the often cited visionary or charisma, but coach. Coaches bring the best out of people not through telling or advising but through listening and questioning.

So should leaders do by

  • Listening to people from the opposite’s point of view, putting the own agenda aside
  • Asking open-ended and insightful questions that stimulate self-reflection, imagination of possibilities and discovery of solutions from inside-out
  • Supporting sustainable behavior changes
  • Recognizing progress and achievements
  • Ensuring everyone is placed to best fit their talents and grow their strengths


Using this simplified coaching process in every communication instills trust, avoids conflicts and unleashes the full potential in people – to the benefit of any business.

Great Leaders chose the position they take toward people over the position they hold within the organization.

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