Coaching Without Authority

What you need to know and do before trying to coach a struggling peer or boss over a rough patch

Coaching isn't dependent on formal power over the person you're coaching, so it's possible to effectively coach someone who does not report to you — an indirect report, peer, or, in some cases, even your boss. You may see this person struggling with a challenge and believe you can help them gain the insight, ability, or motivation they need to succeed. Should you decide to take this step, there are critical factors to keep in mind. In this white paper, Gary Watanabe, a consultant with Performance Coaching and a session leader with Queen’s Executive Development’s Coaching for Challenging Conversations program, explains how to identify the appropriate approach, build a base of trust, and choose effective communication styles.

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