Many managers will find it hard to be provide business coaching to their employees, particularly if they are doing it without having any previous training or obtaining a business coaching qualification such as the ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring. One of the most important abilities that an effective business coach needs to have is the ability to encourage the person receiving the coaching to come up with their own ideas and evaluate the merits of each largely by themselves.

Why Do Many Managers Find it Hard to Provide Business Coaching to Employees?

This is where many managers struggle and find it tough to be a business coach. Most will have become so accustomed over the years to being in charge and issuing orders that they will find it exceptionally difficult to sit back and let a person come up with suggestions and evaluate them largely by themselves without constantly interjecting and offering their own opinion. A high percentage of managers will be extroverts with strong wills and good leadership skills who will be used to talking and making decisions, so sitting back and listening as an employee makes suggestions for decisions is not likely to come easy to them. Even if they start with good intentions and manage to do it for a while, sooner or later they will begin to exert their own ideas and authority over the employee, often without actually realising it. Soon enough the session will end up with the person sitting there largely in silence with the manager talking at them rather than with them.