In recent years, organizations have invested heavily in building coaching cultures including coaching skills training for managers. However, a rapidly growing body of research highlights the greater value of coachability for organizational effectiveness. For example, highly coachable leaders have been found to foster greater levels of employee engagement and retention. Across employees (i.e., leaders and individual contributors), research shows highly coachable individuals achieve significantly higher levels of performance, agility, and promotability. In fact, one study indicated coachability matters more than the coaching skills of the manager for learning, performance, and agility. As such, the impact of focusing on coaching without coachability may prove costly. Investing in workforce coachability can be a catalyst to complement organizational improvement initiatives, such as coaching practices, leadership bench-building, DEI training, and workforce upskilling.
This session will provide insights and applicable ideas centered around coachability, specifically the four practices of highly coachable leaders and what they create.
Kevin Wilde | Executive Leadership Fellow
Kevin D. Wilde currently serves as an Executive Leadership Fellow at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He teaches applied leadership in several graduate courses.
In 2015, he concluded a 34-year corporate career in leadership and talent development at General Electric and General Mills. During his time at General Mills, the organization was consistently recognized for its innovative development work, In 2007, Chief Learning Officer magazine selected Kevin as CLO of the year.
Kevin continues to be an active contributor to the leadership and talent development profession with business advising and writing. His advisory work includes the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), Study.com, and GP Strategies.
His most recent book is Coachability: The Leadership Superpower. Kevin’s writing for Talent Management magazine received a national award for editorial excellence from the American Society of Business Publication Editors; his work has also been published in over a dozen books, including Coaching for Leadership, the Pfeiffer Annual on Leadership Development, and ATD’s Forward Focused Learning.