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Bootstrap Leadership by Steve Arneson

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15The Whistle and the Clipboard

Practice Your Coaching Skills

THERE’S ONE LEADERSHIP SKILL that will set you apart from other leaders—and the good news is that you can master it if you’re willing to apply some discipline and patience. While some leadership skills are must-haves that serve as antes into the game, other skills are icing on the cake that put you in a completely different category. Examples of must-have skills include strategic thinking, communications, delegation, and drive for results. If you lack these skills, you won’t ever get to the top of the organization. But even the most senior leaders are sometimes lacking the one skill that can take you to a whole new level: coaching.

It’s often said that “great leaders are known for ...

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