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The Four Different Types of Coaching Styles

Posted by HRDQ on 02/01/2019 to Coaching Skills
Coaching styles

Knowing Your Coaching Style Creates Total Team Success

Coaching is essential in the workplace. Leading managers need to coach lower level staff to get them up to speed and grow as team members. The coach can use their own experiences and personality to coach employees to achieve specific goals. Goals of the coaching process include maximizing management abilities, growing leadership potential, and creative behavioral change.

Coaching is defined as one individual working with another to help him or her improve his or her performance and reach their potential. Style is defined as the way a person usually behaves. If you put coaching and style together it equals “coaching style”: a person’s unique way of working with another individual to help them improve their performance and reach their potential.

There are four different types of coaching styles:

  1. Direct. The direct style has high assertiveness and low expressiveness. Direct coaches coach by taking charge of projects and committing to the deadline.
  2. Spirited. The spirited style has high assertiveness and high expressiveness. This style coaches by inspiring, and they visualize the big picture and use their creativity.
  3. Considerate. Considerate style coaches have low assertiveness and high expressiveness. They coach by facilitating a comfortable environment and being empathetic and encouraging.
  4. Systematic. This style has low assertiveness and low expressiveness. Coaches coach by planning carefully and using logic in all their decision-making processes.

The most effective coaches adapt their coaching styles to meet the requirements of individuals and situations. It’s important to know your own style, as well as the styles of the people you’re coaching. For example, if you have a systematic team and you come in as a spirited new manager, it may be difficult to coach this team. While you are expressing spontaneous ideas, they want to focus on systems and plans. There needs to be compromise on both sides- a good manager can appeal to their systematic side while still using their spirited personality to reach goals together.

To learn more about your style and how it can help others, HRDQ’s ‘What’s My Coaching Style?’ is a helpful coaching assessment for management development that measures personality style and explores how it relates to coaching and interpersonal relationships. The assessment measures an individual's preference for the direct, spirited, considerate, and systematic coaching styles. With this knowledge, people can better understand why they behave the way they do, learn how to adapt their behavior to improve interpersonal relationships, develop rapport, and ultimately, become more effective coaches.

Want to learn more about What's My Coaching Style? Click here to download the theory background.