COACHING: The Art of Developing Leadership

Coaching could help create a leadership pipeline faster, support development of High Potential employees and how to use coaching as post training support to increase the effectiveness of training interventions

March 10, 2014 11:27 IST | India Infoline News Service
Title: COACHING: The Art of Developing Leadership
Author:  Santhosh Babu
Pages: 176, Paperback
Price: Rs. 399 (This price is valid for India)
Publication Date: February  2012
Published by Wiley India Pvt. Ltd.

Coaching the art of developing Leadership dwells on how a strong vibrant workplace where leaders engage with both minds and hearts of individuals and teams leads to high performance and results. Each Leader could use the principles of coaching to empower, support and unleash the potential of his people. Coaching could help create a leadership pipeline faster, support development of High Potential employees and how to use coaching as post training support to increase the effectiveness of training interventions. It also elucidates on the history and evolution of coaching, the principles behind coaching, major schools, the Organization Development Alternatives coaching model, and tools and techniques for coaching and future trends. To build yourself as a coach, the steps and tools needed along with the conceptual frameworks and content that you need to kick start your coaching practice. To chose the right coach for yourself, what to expect and how coaching could help you to be more effective as a leader. Effective leaders should understand how to give feedback and criticisms without sounding as if to chastise the person. The intention behind providing feedback is giving support, it is never intended to be an order or to control the person. Personal mastery helps individuals develop an effective way of managing their emotions. This would help leaders when they are giving criticisms, they would learn to respond instead of reacting. The ability to empathize is critical for a good business coach, as it not only helps the coach to accept the other person on their own terms, but also sometimes to ‘tune in’ to emotions and thoughts of which the coachee is not fully aware. Focusing on someone else for a sustained period can be tiring at first, but if you stay with it you will experience one of the great secrets of coaching – that empathizing with another person can be a fascinating and enjoyable experience for you as well as the coachee. This book addresses multiple stakeholders of coaching. These include the coach, the client, the sponsor (the organization) and the leaders. If you are interested in being a coach or are a practicing coach, you would find this book extremely useful. If you are someone who wants to hire a coach and experience coaching, this book will show you what to expect and how the coaching happens. If you are a professional who would like to know more about coaching and use this in your organization, this can be a handy guide. And, if you are someone who would like increase your effectiveness then the pages of this book have much to offer you!

About the Authors:

Santhosh Babu is the founder Managing Director of ODA (Organisation Development Alternatives Consultants Pvt. Ltd.).  Born and raised in Thrissur, Kerala, he started his career as a school teacher in faraway Bhutan, a five-year stint that stoked his interest in all things being taught. In 1994, Babu shifted to Delhi to work with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as an Environmental Education Officer. In 1998, he took the plunge and started his own training firm, Training Alternatives (TA), out of his small apartment in Noida. But the combination of his facilitation skills and his expertise in psychology and hypnosis helped TA establish itself as a market leader in two years itself. Today, one of the most sought-after executive coaches in India, Babu focuses on transformation-related projects, leadership development and CEO coaching --- he has done interventions for more than 100 organisations in the past. Reflecting this lateral shift, TA was rebranded in 2008 as OD Alternatives. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and has addressed large number of conferences in India and abroad. Babu also lectures at the ISB (Indian School of Business, Hyderabad) for their MBA program and for their Executive Education program. A staunch conservationist and a wildlife photographer, Babu contributes regularly to a bevy of publications including The Economic Times, Business Standard and Hindustan Times.

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