Leadership Lessons

Coach and Develop Others

Make Disciples Take a moment to think about someone who has influenced you in a positive way. What is their name? In what way did they feed your soul by expanding your perspective? How did they make you feel when they recognized your potential and intentionally sought to improve your circumstance? What characteristics did this person display when they guided you through difficult situations, connected you to better opportunities, and challenged your mental and emotional faculties? What impact did they have on your character, your drive, your desire, and your purpose?

- Would someone describe you in that manner? -

Jesus is one person for whom we are all eternally grateful. He leaves us with a coaching commission, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:19-20).

Coaching is a continuous process of assessment, planning, application, feedback, and experience within the context of the University’s needs, the employee’s aspirations, and our calling to make disciples. As leaders who coach and develop employees, we encourage others to contribute to the mission of the University and inspire them to reach their goals.

What kind of coach do you want to be? How do you want to be known by others?

Consider the following questions for self-reflection:
  • How will you develop others to be their best?
  • How can you use your relationships to influence and inspire the dreams of others?
  • How will you model responsibility and ownership while encouraging others to do the same?
  • How will you demonstrate listening and learning in order to empower continuous learning in others?
  • How will you help others’ frame success, keeping eternal significance in mind?
  • How will you encourage transformation that can last a lifetime?
  • How do you want others to describe your approach to work, relationships, and/or life?

Coaching Haiku from Amy Neal:

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