Coaching a winning team is critical to business success. It helps individuals and teams to set and achieve goals, and to overcome obstacles. An effective coach understands human behavior and motivation and is able to create a positive and productive environment.


Coaching is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. The best coaches tailor their approach to the needs of their clients. In this blog, we’ll discuss how you can coach employees to become superior performers and develop them into leaders in their respective departments.


They are also constantly learning and evolving so that they can continue to be effective in an ever-changing business landscape. If you are interested in coaching your employees or team members, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.


In this blog you’ll learn:

  • The value of coaching in business
  • What it takes to coach an employee and why it’s so important in business today
  • How you can lead a winning team
  • A few of the resources 3 Steps To Success provides entrepreneurs and business leaders
  • Links To Our Upcoming Seminar


Why is Proper Leadership So Important In Today’s Startups & Small Businesses?

Being a great leader is important in any field, but it’s especially important in the world of startups. That’s because startups are all about innovation and change. In order to be successful, you need to be able to inspire and motivate your team to come up with new ideas and to implement them.


You also need to be able to handle change and stress. Leaders in startups need to be able to think on their feet and to make decisions quickly. They also need to be able to build a strong team that will support and help them achieve their goals.


Make sure to keep these aspects in check when coaching or acting as a leader in your organization:

  • Lead from the back: lead your employees with understanding, respect, and let them explore and guide their training. Let them make mistakes and be compassionate yet be sure to have the highest realistic expectations possible.
  • Don’t show anger or frustration too early: coaching someone is about getting them over the learning curve. Be sure to take the time to understand and teach with a style that fits your employee/mentee’s comfort level.
  • Get a coach yourself: it’s important to not only be an expert but also to remember even as a leader you don’t know everything and that having a personal or executive coach can do wonders for your career or success in teaching your employees or helping them grow.

What are the Steps in the Employee Coaching Process?

The employee coaching process typically involves four steps: assessment, goal setting, action planning, and implementation. The first step is assessment, which involves understanding the current situation and agreeing on goals.


The second step is setting goals, which involves setting realistic and achievable goals. The third step is action planning, which involves creating a plan of action to achieve the goals. The fourth and final step is implementation, which involves putting the plan into action and monitoring progress.

What Are The Benefits of Coaching?

There are many benefits of coaching employees in a new startup. Coaching can help employees learn new skills, develop new knowledge, and improve their performance. Additionally, coaching can help employees feel more motivated and engaged in their work. Additionally, coaching can help build trust and rapport between employees and managers. Ultimately, coaching can help create a more positive and productive work environment for everyone involved.


To learn more about leadership and coaching your employees to reach the next level, check out our Blog and Resources section to learn the latest strategies that can help your employees grow and prosper.

Personality Tests: Coaching In Business Tailored To Your Employees’ Personalities

Personality tests are a fantastic way to get to know your employees and to ensure that you are coaching them in the most effective way possible. By understanding their personality type, you can better understand how they learn, what motivates them, and how to best communicate with them. This type of information is invaluable in the business world, and it can help you to create a more tailored coaching experience for your employees.


A few of the most popular (and scientifically validated) personality tests include:


  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • Caliper Profile
  • 16 Personality Factor Questionnaire
  • SHL Occupational Personality Questionnaire
  • HEXACO Personality Inventory-Revised
  • Revised NEO Personality Inventory
  • Eysenck Personality Inventory
  • DISC personality test

A few of the most common questions on employee personality tests include:

  • “I can usually adapt my behavior according to who I am with. – TRUE/FALSE”
  • “My home life was always happy. TRUE/FALSE”
  • “(Choose one): __ I am responsible | __ I am a leader | __ I am resourceful | __ I have great communication skills”

Note: you can find/search for more popular employee personality test sample questions both on LinkedIn and Google.

How To Lead a Winning Team: 3 Most Effective Coaching Styles

There are a few key things to remember if you want to lead a winning team. First, you need to build a team that has a diversity of skills and talents. This will give you the best chance to succeed. Second, you need to create a culture of trust and respect. This will help you to motivate and inspire your team. Finally, you need to set clear goals and objectives. This will help to focus and guide your team.

Try these coaching styles to observe which works best for your employees:

  • Democratic coaching
  • Authoritarian coaching
  • Holistic coaching


1.  Democratic Coaching style

The Democratic coaching style is all about empowering your team and giving them the opportunity to have a say in what the team does. This coaching style is about involving your team in the decision-making process and giving them the freedom to contribute their ideas. The Democratic coaching style is effective because it builds trust and respect between the coach and the team. It also fosters a sense of ownership and responsibility among the team members.

2.  Authoritarian Coaching style

The authoritarian coaching style is one in which the coach has all the power and the player has very little say in what goes on. The coach makes all the decisions and the player is expected to follow them. This style of coaching can be effective if the coach is very experienced and knows what they’re doing. However, it can also be problematic because the coach can become too dictatorial and the player can feel like they’re not being given any autonomy.

3.  Holistic Coaching style

The holistic coaching style is all about helping employees to find their own solutions. This is done by first understanding the individual and then working with them to find a solution that meets their needs. This coaching style is based on the belief that each person is unique and therefore requires a unique solution. This style of coaching is about being open and flexible in order to meet the needs of the individual.

Getting Started with Our “Coaching Success – Technical Assistance for WV Entrepreneurs” Webinar

Join us on Sept. 20th as we are hosting our “Coaching Success – Technical Assistance for WV Entrepreneurs” Webinar! West Virginia entrepreneurs – whether someone with a unique idea in the concept phase or a mature business in full operation – can benefit from consulting with technical assistance experts in the fields of business planning/coaching, legal, accounting, and marketing.

To showcase the resources available in West Virginia to help entrepreneurs “Plan It, Price It, Protect It, and Pitch It”, the 3 Steps to StartUp Program will host a one-hour, virtual webinar entitled, “Coaching Success – Technical Assistance for WV Entrepreneurs” from 10-11 am on Tuesday, September 20th.

Content will focus on the importance of entrepreneurial assistance in the areas of:

Business Coaching (Plan It): Offering assistance with everything from concept development and business planning to financing, the WV Small Business Development Center offers myriad free services to help entrepreneurs.

  • Accounting (Price It): Developing the business’s financial plan; understanding “your numbers”; accounting tips for entrepreneurs.
  • Legal (Protect It): Establishing the appropriate corporate structure; protecting your intellectual property.
  • Marketing (Pitch It): Tactics for telling the world what you do and reaching your target audience; developing appropriate and sustainable marketing budgets.

Event presenters will include Will Miller, Deputy Director, WV Small Business Development Center; Robert Nistendirk, CPA, Partner, Woomer, Nistendirk & Associates PLLC; Dusty Gwinn, Esq., Partner, Akers Gwinn; and Michael Ruffing, President, Problem Solvers Consultants.

Leveraging the services of an external expert, whether as a sounding board or as a resource to connect entrepreneurs with assistance providers, is critical to success.

The event is free and open to West Virginia entrepreneurs across all business sectors.

To register, click here:

Getting Started with 3 Steps To Startup

What do your employees view as a success for their own lives and careers? It’s your job as a leader to bring that out of them and to give them the tools to accomplish it in the most respectful yet persistent way (that matches their personality type).


In-between creating your vision and seeing it finished … seeing it real, in your hands … there are an awful lot of things you’ll need to consider. And when you’re ready to make the jump from creator to entrepreneur, we’re here to guide you through the process of development, commercialization, and venture capital.


Learn More About Leadership & Coaching in Business with 3 Steps To Startup

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