Today I want to talk to you about the differences in transitional and developmental coaching. In The First 90 Days by Michael Watkins, he examines these distinctions. I want you to see how they relate directly to our leadership pipeline philosophy and framework. Let’s take a look.
Transitional coaching focuses on bends in the leadership pipeline. It’s all about how to help someone transition from one leadership level to the next. As you coach this person, help them to assess their new role: what’s the situation? What are their responsibilities? Who are the people involved? Once they’ve assessed the situation, they need an action plan in place. Help them to create a strategy that builds momentum and manages their own responsibilities.
Now, let’s look at developmental coaching. If you’ve followed our leadership pipeline discussions, you know I advocate for developing people at all leadership pipeline levels by helping them learn, lead, and multiply themselves in their ministry role. Developmental coaching focuses on these three elements to help prepare a leader for a future transition. To coach this person, identify gaps in core competency or role-specific responsibilities and create a developmental plan that addresses these areas.
Now that you understand the differences between transitional and developmental coaching in your leadership pipeline, what are you going to do about it?