In our latest podcast with Divya Amarnath, Head L&D - Strategic Consulting Practice at Infosys, we discussed the changing role of coaching and mentorship in today’s L&D, and the value of experience for a leader and objective-based approach to leading. In this blog, we dive deep into some key points discussed by Divya.
“One of the areas of coaching that I focus on is the synergy of goal setting and execution. So the catalyst is ‘goal setting’. That has been my mantra.”
Coaching has always been an integral part of corporate L&D, maybe not in the traditional sense, but via instructors, peer-to-peer teaching and mentorship in the workplace. Coaching and mentoring helps employees recognize their strengths and work towards improving their weaker areas, as well as embrace a new mindset aligned to values like continuous learning and leadership.
A research conducted by International Coach Federation revealed that 80% respondents improved their self-confidence, while 70% increased their work performance.
Mentorship is a key way to unlock potential in your employees and motivating them to acquire newer skills to enhance their performance and productivity. Mentorship also helps employees develop a sense of belief that they can set and achieve higher goals for themselves as well as their team, function or the organization as a whole. No surprise why successful organizations focus on mentorship and employee training to help them stay competitive in today’s ever-evolving business environment.
“Leadership is a privilege and not a right. A leader must win her stripes of leadership as a privilege that comes from having done the action. A leader must become the action & become that change.”
Leadership is crucial to the success of any team, and often in failure, the onus falls on the leadership to action necessary change. An experienced leader will know how to inspire his team, solve nagging problems and give her team enough ammo to succeed. And, one of the most important aspects of this role is ‘goal-setting’. Learning how to set reasonable and achievable goals is key to leadership roles and to foster a similar mindset in the teams to achieve success.
With goal-setting comes better accountability, and helps employees own their tasks and step up to achieve them as desired. This not only instills leadership values in the employees but also stresses the importance of accountability to achieve higher targets. It builds confidence and also demonstrates the leader’s willingness to present employees with leadership opportunities within certain tasks.
So, while mentorship is key to building future leaders, goal-setting and keeping accountability also play a major role in instilling leadership values in employees.