By Dr. Terri Levine, best-selling author
Management is dead and doesn’t work. As you move into a coaching-based leadership model, a main area of coaching focus will be teamwork. Teamwork is the art of having a group of people work together harmoniously and effectively toward a goal or with a particular purpose. It is that unique melding of group work and individual personality into a well-functioning unit. It includes the one-shot, all-important push toward a specific performance target and/or the day-to-day operations of a business unit.
By coaching teamwork you can help your employees function better. By coaching individual employees to improve their performance, you naturally will help produce better teamwork among those who report to a specific supervisor. In any case where teamwork is an issue, the coaching goal is for the team, the team leader, or both to become more thoughtful about how the team works together and to turn that thoughtfulness into activity that will produce a team that willingly works together to create extremely high performance.
The following coaching questions are intended to create that thoughtfulness. These questions and the corresponding answers are the foundation for effective coaching around teamwork. Your further work with a team will build from what the team leader and the team members — if involved in the coaching process — tell you. So, as with all other coaching, your first job is to be fully present with, and responsive to, the team.
These coaching questions will open the door. Use your wisdom and understanding of the team and situation to expand upon this list.
TOP QUESTIONS FOR COACHING TEAMWORK