Since being a manager, I’ve found that the highest performers on my team are the ones who are willing to and want to be coached. Those are the ones who will advance quicker, show better results and overall be easier to work with. It’s not hard to spot those who want to be coached vs the ones who feel they don’t need to be. It’s not difficult to be coachable, in fact it’s one of the easiest traits for someone to develop. Here are some tips on how to show your organization that you’re willing to be coached and learn.
Check Your Ego at the Door
99% of those who do not want to be coached typically come with a level of arrogance that is often too big to overcome. Having the opinion that you know everything about this job is a sure-fire killer to any sort of advancement in a well-run organization. You need to come to work every day with an attitude of wanting to learn more and be better. Those with an attitude of not feeling they need coaching or to better themselves will sooner or later find themselves left behind by those wanting to improve.
Admit and Learn from Your Mistakes
Everybody makes mistakes. Even me, even you. The sooner that one embraces the fact that they will make mistakes, the sooner that they will learn to grow from those mistakes. Feeling secure enough with who you are allows for you to admit when you’ve made a mistake and how you can learn from it. And knowing that all those around you will make mistakes help to frame up our own perspective of admitting when we’ve fouled up. Having the professional maturity to admit when you’ve made a mistake and taking to heart what you can do to improve yourself and not make the same mistake again is a sure sign of being coachable.
Listen (and Accept) to What Others Have to Say
Learning from others is one of the most valuable sources of continually improving ourselves. Your peers, your managers and even your subordinates will all offer tips on improving. Just because someone is not above you in the organizational chart doesn’t mean they can’t offer feedback to you on how to be better. Being coachable doesn’t just mean taking your “coach’s” advice, it means taking feedback from all sources to process and to learn from.
Being coachable is a very intangible and sometimes underrated quality in an individual. We hear about it a lot in the sports world but less so in the corporate world. Being willing to improve and learn is vital and one of the quickest (and easiest) ways to do it is to learn from your team – be coachable!