What questions are helpful for leaders and managers when adopting a coaching approach? Here are some questions we have found useful when engaging with leaders, managers and project managers. Enjoy!
- Is this situation something you recognise as having played out previously?
- What impact is this having on you / others?
- What motivates you?
- What makes this important to you?
- What qualities do you possess to equip you through this?
- How do you feel?
- What are others feeling?
- What does it feel like?
- When do these feelings appear?
- What happens when you feel like this?
- Can you think of three options?
- What else?
- If our situations were switched, what would you recommend?
- What might an onlooker suggest?
- If you had nothing constraining you, what would you do?
Exploring a situation
- Help me understand by saying a little more.
- What concerns do you have?
- What’s at stake?
- What’s stopping you?
- What metaphor (picture, image, situation) would best describe your situation?
- What thoughts / feelings brought you to this decision?
- How confident do you feel?
- What other options did you explore?
- How committed are you?
- How would you tell whether this decision proves to be effective / ineffective?
- Is this realistic?
- How will you feel when you get there?
- How will you know you have achieved your goal?
- What will you notice when you achieve your goal?
- What will others notice when you achieve your goal?
- What will be your first step?
- What can you commit to, to enable you to move forwards?
- What support do you need to help you move forwards?
- When can you achieve this action by?
- Do you need someone to hold you to account? If so, who, how and when?