How coachable are you?

How coachable are you? – Future Leaders Blog – – 17 Mar 2017

The world isn’t standing still and neither should we.

The “facts” certainly change and we need to continuously re-learn; what we knew yesterday may no longer be correct. What we accepted as truths may since have been disproved. We need to be open and accepting to that.

We are sure you agree that we all need to adapt, change and evolve to meet the demands and expectations of the future.

This of course also means that we need to welcome feedback AND be able to take action to change and adapt our actions, behaviours and habits. Many people say that they are adaptable and flexible and even that they want to be coached, but when someone gives them constructive feedback that could help them develop, they brush it away or become defensive; they come up with excuses and explanations.

Simply put; they don’t take it in and therefore they don’t change. On some level it’s more important for them to be “right” than willing to develop. They are not open to the coaching opportunity of the feedback. And each time they reject the feedback, they reduce the chances of others wanting to share feedback in the future – hence minimizing their chance to grow and develop and be successful.

Winners are coachable. It’s a simple as that
Winners are coachable. It’s a simple as that. Imagine a team in the sporting world where a player isn’t coachable, won’t take on feedback – well, they are pretty soon going to be off the team, aren’t they?

To be coachable is to let our guard down. We stand strong and open minded
To be coachable is to let our guard down. We stand strong and open minded, knowing that feedback and coaching is the stuff of winners, of champions. We assume positive intent. We are eager to keep doing better and better.

There are many coaches around us, people that can hold up a mirror and let us see what they see – and at times – give us guidance too: leaders, peers, direct reports, friends – and of course coaches.

Are you getting enough feedback? Are you letting yourself be coached? How coachable are you?

About the authors:

Mandy Flint & Elisabet Vinberg Hearn, award-winning authors of ”The Team Formula”.

Their latest book, multi-award-winning ”Leading Teams – 10 Challenges: 10 Solutions”, published by Financial Times International is a practical tool for building winning teams. You can download a free chapter of the book at

Praise for ”Leading Teams: ”Enjoyable to read. Simple to understand. Practical to implement. A must read for team members or leaders”Debbie Fogel-Monnissen, Executive Vice President, International Markets Finance Officer, Mastercard, NY, USA

Author: Excellence in Leadership

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