SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 170,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each Tuesday in our e-newsletter.
Last week, we asked: How frequently do you seek out coaches and mentors to help team members improve?
- All the time: 10.5%
- Often: 29.89%
- Sometimes: 32.38%
- Rarely: 19.57%
- Never: 7.65%
Another set of eyes. Coaches and mentors can be a great resource for your team members (and you). The 30% of you not seeking those opportunities out are likely missing a chance to improve your people and your team. A coach or mentor (and it doesn’t have to be an externally hired one) can be a confidant and help your team member through issues they’re not comfortable bringing to you or to the members of their teams. Be ready and willing to give your people the resources they need to succeed including helping them find a coach or mentor to work through difficult issues with.
Mike Figliuolo is managing director of thoughtLEADERS and author of “One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership.”