Midlands Leadership Academy

Coaching and Mentoring

What is Coaching?

Coaching is one of the key approaches which aims to support leadership development. It is a method of developing an individual’s capabilities using questioning techniques which enable the individual to become more self-aware, resilient and confident. Coaching is often perceived as the single most effective development opportunity that a leader in the NHS can access:

  • The relationship has a set duration
  • It is structured with regular scheduled meetings
  • Short term and focussed on specific development issues, issues goals and work
  • The coach does not need to have experience of the coachees role

The benefits of coaching

Research by Clutterbuck (1998), Whitmore (2009) and Hawkins (2011) shows that benefits of workplace coaching includes:

  • Better communication
  • Greater cooperation
  • Improved decision making
  • Increased self-awareness
  • Less conflict
  • Overall better performance
  • Reduced staff turnover
  • Shared vision and commitment
  • Supporting individuals and teams through workplace changes
  • Supports lifelong learning and individual; responsibility for learning

Who can access coaching?

We offer an inclusive approach to coaching and are committed to developing a coaching culture. We make this offer for NHS Midlands staff, to register for coaching click here.

How to become a coach?

To become a coach on the Midlands Life Long Learning Coaching register you must:

  • Be qualified at either ILM5 or EMCC Practitioner level
  • Undertake Continuous Professional Development (CPD) to enhance knowledge and skills to become a more effective coach
  • Participate in regular supervision
  • Agree to undertake two hours of coaching per month
  • Operate within the ethical guidelines laid out in the EMCC Code of Ethics

You can find the details on how to register on to our coaching and mentoring hub here.

What is Mentoring?

Mentoring is a dynamic, supportive relationship between two individuals which exists to develop the mentee either within their current role or for the future. Mentoring differs from coaching in that it takes a holistic view of the mentee, is an on-going relationship and the agenda is usually set by the mentee with the mentor providing support and guidance. Mentoring is available to a diverse range of employees and cross-organisational, cross-professional and peer mentoring relationships are encouraged.

We offer a range of mentoring routes and training, to find out more please contact us at [email protected]

Reciprocal mentoring is a great way to enhance the awareness, breadth and learning of individuals. It is a genuine learning exchange, a two-way relationship established between individuals that come from diverse organisational, professional, generational and/or cultural backgrounds. This two-way relationship is not based on seniority or status; it is entirely driven by the individuals involved to meet the specific learning needs of both parties.

How can I find a mentor?

You can access the Midlands Life Long Learning Mentoring register here. You must discuss and agree this with your manager as part of Personal Development Plan before seeking a mentor.

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