This week on the Coaching Café we speak with Ian Scott, a distinguished leader with 36 years of experience in the Royal Australian Air Force to explore the intricacies of building a coaching culture across very different environments and the remarkable impact it can have.
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Leadership in the Air Force
Rather than imposing a top-down approach, the Royal Australian Air Force adopted a “ripple effect” strategy. This approach involves seeding the organisation with coaches, ensuring that coaching skills reach every level and rank. Notably, over 60% of the Air Force engage in Coaching 101, a basic coaching skills course.
This coaching approach has had a profound impact on leadership within the military. It not only enhances the concept of mission command but also encourages critical thinking, risk appetite, and innovation.
Leaders at all levels begin to empower their teams, fostering a culture of collaboration and adaptability.
A Different Paradigm
At Rotary International, Ian highlights the importance of servant leadership and empowering volunteers to unleash their potential. In these settings, coaching becomes essential in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, fostering an environment where everyone’s contributions are valued.
Mental Health First Aid and Coaching
Ian draws parallels between Mental Health First Aid and coaching skills, particularly in areas such as non-judgmental listening and empathy. Ian’s passion for mental health first aid training extends beyond the Air Force to make this critical knowledge accessible to communities and organizations.
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