Summary of The Coaching Habit

The Coaching Habit summary

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Some leaders and managers don’t think they have time to become better coaches, but learning good coaching skills will actually save you time in the long run. In this podcast, Michael Bungay Stanier, author of The Coaching Habit, shares his expertise on how leaders can become better listeners and avoid rushing to give advice when engaging with their teams. Give your team members the space for meaningful conversations, and let them explore solutions. Even brief coaching conversations will free up your time and make your job more meaning- and impactful.

About the Podcast

The Brilliance: Leadership Learning podcast is about individual and organizational development. The host of this episode Chantelle Nash and other members of GE’s premier global learning institute Crotonville interview influential leaders and experts about their ideas and reflections to help listeners succeed in a rapidly changing world. Michael Bungay Stanier is the author of The Coaching Habit, which offers additional advice on becoming a coaching leader.


A coaching approach to leadership can help you develop your team members and increase your impact at work. 

Three problems keep leaders from doing excellent rather than merely good work. These self-perpetuating vicious circles are:

  1. The overdependent team – The more advice you give your team members, the less empowered they’ll feel – which means they’ll need you to give more advice.
  2. A sense of overwhelm – The more work you take on, the less focused you are – which leads to even more work and even less focus.
  3. A...

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