Leaders are accountable to achieve results and also to coach and develop their team. Asking questions (also known as “coaching”) is a way to accomplish both.
Below are some questions you can ask to coach someone to think about their ideas or challenges from another perspective – with the goal of helping them have their own insight(s).
Before asking any of these questions, be sure to listen carefully and summarize what you heard to be sure you understand what they are saying accurately. Also, be sure to check your true intentions for challenging the other person’s ideas. The intent should be to support, help, guide, or develop – not to embarrass, shame or manipulate.
Ultimate Coaching Questions to challenge:
- Have you considered….?
- I wonder if…?
- Could it be possible that…?
- What are some of the (risks/benefits) of that decision?
- What might be the potential impact to yourself? To others?
- Are you open to another idea?
- May I share with you a different perspective?
What are other coaching questions you use to challenge others respectfully? Please share in the comment section below.
About the Author: Leigh Ann Rodgers, Founder of Better Teams and Forward, is an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator with 20 years of experience in the human development field. Leigh Ann is a skilled meeting facilitator, trainer, and coach working across the globe to help leaders cultivate teams that are happy and high-performing.
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