Reboot Podcast Episode Wisdom for Work #10 – Leader As Coach – with Chris VandenBrink & Andy Crissinger

The Reboot podcast showcases the heart and soul, the wins and losses, the ups and downs of startup leadership. On the show, Entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and Startup Leaders discuss with Jerry Colonna the emotional and psychological challenges they face daily as leaders.


Chris VandenBrink

Chris VandenBrink

Coach & Facilitator

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Andy Crissinger

Andy Crissinger

Facilitator & Director of Coaching

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Episode Description

What are the benefits of adopting a coaching mindset in your leadership and life? In this Wisdom for Work, Reboot Coaches Andy Crissinger and Chris VandenBrink break down the three fundamental components of coaching – listening, inquiry, and mirroring. The duo describes how incorporating a coach’s mentality in your leadership toolkit can foster growth, learning, and creativity within your organization, and provide examples of when and where the leader as coach skillset should be utilized and in which instances it should be avoided.

Wisdom for Work #5 – Inquiry as a Leadership Skill | Wisdom for Work #2 – Unpacking Levels of Listening  | Explore Reboot’s free email courses

Show Highlights

Top Quotes:

“Coaching is a way of being in the world that’s applicable to anyone, no matter what your role, or job, or the kind of organization that you work with.” – Andy Crissinger

“The three basic moves that the coach makes: The first is listening. The second is inquiry, and then the third is mirroring.” – Andy Crissinger

“Mirroring is not only great for the relationship and the connection and rapport, but it also is incredibly efficacious to breakthroughs.” – Andy Crissinger

“As coaches, our primary objective is to hold that human being in a space where they can discover who they want to be, what’s important to them, what is going to be most in service to their wellbeing as a human being first.” – Chris VandenBrink

“In the leader as coach scenario, we can still use the coaching toolkit in order to align the individuals and the actions they are taking with the aspirations of the organization.” – Chris VandenBrink

“One of the most powerful questions that I’ve ever encountered in this work is asking someone, “What would be most helpful here?” – Andy Crissinger

“Part of coaching is believing that everyone has all of the resources they need to solve their own problems and challenges.” – Chris VandenBrink

“When we’re the founder or CEO of a company, we need to wear the visionary hat and really understand and explain the why. Why are we all organizing around this shared goal? This really helps people get clear on the direction they are headed.” – Chris VandenBrink

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