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Eq #16. Gifts > COACHING TIPS FOR THE COACH/TRAINER

COACHING TIPS FOR THE COACH/TRAINER

Emotionally intelligent leaders know that it takes a wide range of people to build a successful team. Leaders know that people have different strengths and gifts. The most adept leader knows how to blend everyone's gifts and allow for people's gifts to surface for the good of the task or team. Leaders also know that not all people are alike, and if they expect them to be alike, they'll be quite disappointed. It is the leader who can see and appreciate these differences who has the strongest ability to influence and build a team filled with cooperation and collaboration. This leader is able to bring the gifts forward just when the team needs them and thus enable everyone to succeed.

The emotionally adept leader has the ability to see gifts clearly and to call forth those gifts in the people he or she leads. One important first step is to recognize the gifts that surround the leader. Gifts can be anything from a particular skill a person has, a natural ability that a particular person possesses, a credential, a network, or a personality trait or value that someone in the workplace possesses. Simple things, like someone's sense of humor, might be just what is needed to get through a particularly tough moment. At other times, someone's incredible ability to organize things might just take a project to the next level. So, when leaders think about gifts, encourage them to think in broad terms.


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