Invisible Managers Do Not Make Good Business Coaches
Effective Business Coaching Requires Time to be Dedicated
For business coaching to be successful, regular sessions need to be scheduled and performed in order to evaluate how the person receiving the coaching is progressing and overcoming the barriers and problems that were discussed in the previous coaching sessions. If a manager only has the time to schedule a one-off meeting, or they can only fit in infrequent once-in-a-blue-moon sessions then they are highly unlikely to become a successful business coach to their employees.
Managers Need to Be Available for Employees
They are also likely to be ineffective managers full stop, or at the very least not get their team to achieve as much as it possibly could were they there to be there and available to answer any queries and motivate their team. Without a central figure there to provide leadership, workplace teams can become disjointed, isolated and suffer from poor communication and collaboration. It is extremely difficult for a manager who is not there very often to gain the trust and respect of those for whom they are responsible for. In fact, a manager who only comes in occasionally and gives orders or makes changes can often be a highly disruptive and negative influence on the group as the change can create uncertainty and even resentment amongst those who are there every working day.
Managers Also Need Good Interpersonal Skills
As well as the availability and the actual time spent in the workplace, the particular traits and character of the manager can also contribute to them being perceived as 'off-limits'. A manager who is frequently bad-tempered and crotchety and likes to shut themselves off from the rest of the workplace will not be as approachable or make as good a business coach as one who frequently mixes with their employees, communicates effectively and is seen to be open to the concerns or queries of their employees.