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How a Coaching Habit Can Lead to Greater Leadership Success

An interview with author and Box of Crayons founder Michael Bungay Stanier

Source: Michael Bungay Stanier

On a global scale, we're in a leadership crisis - at least according to 86% of respondents to the Survey on the Global Agenda.

Yet, there is hope for different kinds of successful leadership in the early 21st-century. A coaching style of leadership - used in ad-hoc situations - could be a surprisingly effective complement to leaders who tend to be autocratic on one extreme or inspiring & visionary on the other.

I have been interviewing leaders from a variety of industries to get their take on what thoughtful leadership looks and sounds like in the early 21st century.

Wit, versatility, warmth – these traits can put a team, audience, or enemy at ease and ready them for change. Those qualities describe in part Michael Bungay Stanier’s distinct leadership style. Founder and Senior Partner of Box of Crayons, Michael is committed to helping leaders and organizations do less good work and more great work. Author of Get Unstuck & Get Going and Do More Great Work (Workman Publishing), Michael’s new book is The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever.

The book reminds me that to be a thoughtful leader it might matter less what you know or say and more how you ask and listen.

In this interview, Michael will share with us the question he hopes more people will consider this year and the bit of wisdom for which he hopes to be remembered.

In this interview, we also talk about

  • what drove Michael to write The Coaching Habit
  • why habitually providing advice is a mistake
  • how to establish a coaching habit by delving into the heart of why you do what you do
  • why a coaching habit can lead to a more focused, self-sufficient team
  • how infusing curiosity into interactions leads to a daily coaching habit
  • what blocks keep us from being great listeners
  • how a coaching leadership style can show up
  • how you can receive special bonuses and pre-order your copy of The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever

Michael Bungay Stanier is the Senior Partner of Box of Crayons, a company best known for their coaching programs that help time-crunched managers coach in 10 minutes or less.

On the way to founding Box of Crayons ten years ago, Michael lived in Australia, England, the US and Canada (his current home), where he worked in the fields of innovation and change management.

He’s written a number of books, the best known of which is Do More Great Work, created a series of short internet videos that have been seen by millions of people around the world, and organized the Great Work MBA, a virtual conference that had 10,000 registrants. He’s proudest of the book End Malaria, a collection of essays about Great Work from thought leaders that has raised $400,000 for Malaria No More.