Six Questions for Coaching Leaders

by Lee Buford on March 29, 2010

I recently had the opportunity to watch an excellent video, Six Questions to Ask When Coaching Leaders, by Jon Ferguson.  Jon is the co-founder of Community Christian Church in Illinois, and is the brother of Lead Pastor Dave Ferguson.

The video was part of Leadership Network’s AHA! Conference on March 3, 2010, and the six questions Jon discusses would be great additions to any leader’s resource vault:

“Six Questions for Coaching”:

  1. How are you?
  2. What are you celebrating?
  3. What challenges are you experiencing?
  4. What do you plan to do about those challenges?
  5. How can I help you?
  6. How can I pray for you?

As you can see, incorporating these questions into any discussion with fellow leaders would provide a pathway for open, honest, and encouraging dialogue. A conversation around these questions screams LOVE, TRUST, and COMPASSION to me.

As a result I would challenge you to consider how you might leverage these questions in everyday conversations with peers, associates, and family members. Good dialogue and good “coaching” never get old…we should take every opportunity to learn how to be better communicators with those closest to us on a daily basis.

Are there additional questions you would include? What are the questions and/or conversations that have had an encouraging impact on you as a leader, friend, or family member?


You can read more about, and pre-order, Jon and Dave Ferguson’s new book here:
Exponential: How You and Your Friends Can Start a Missional Church Movement



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