March 19


Amplify Your Coaching Impact with AI

By Sara Canaday

March 19, 2024

ai, artificial intelligence, career success, coaching, coaching executives, leadership, leadership coaching, leadership skills, professional development

*This article is part of a special leadership series on how you can use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to not only boost your productivity, but also help you make smarter business decisions, amplify your communications, and enhance your impact.

As a leadership strategist, instructor, and author, I’ve always been a champion of coaching. In fact, I wrote a book about it. So I want to clearly state, up front, that I believe coaching is an art and science that no technology can or should ever replace. But here’s what I have discovered.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be used as a supporting tool to enhance a leader’s ability to coach effectively and actually improve outcomes. With a platform such as ChatGPT, leaders can create realistic simulations of coaching scenarios, practice responses to challenging conversations, and gather feedback to refine their approaches. It’s not about replacing the human elements that make coaching so rewarding, but about leveraging technology to make those interactions even more impactful.

Let’s take a look at a few specific ways you can use AI-driven tools to step up your coaching game.

1. Reviewing Examples of Coaching Dialogue

Sometimes it’s helpful to visualize the answer to this question: What might this upcoming coaching conversation sound like? Should I consider using a different direction? With ChatGPT, you can generate realistic dialogues that mimic coaching conversations with team members, giving you fresh ideas for approaches to handle a wide variety of coaching situations.

Sample Prompt: “Please simulate a coaching conversation with a team member who is pushing for advancement but lacks some key skills to make that move.”

2. Using Role Play to Prepare for Challenging Conversations

If you anticipate a coaching session that may involve navigating conflict or giving someone difficult feedback, ChatGPT can help by providing you with a chance to practice in advance. You can interact through role play, testing your coaching skills in a dynamic and responsive environment.

Sample Prompt: “Can we engage in a role-play exercise where I practice having a difficult coaching conversation with an underperforming team member? I’ll respond as the leader, and you take the role of the team member. Let’s start with a scenario where the team member is frequently late and has failed to turn in a number of critical reports.”

3. Getting Feedback to Enhance Your Coaching Effectiveness

The people you coach may not always feel comfortable providing candid feedback about your coaching skills. But AI tools will! You can use ChatGPT to analyze your role-play sessions and give you feedback about your coaching performance, offering insights into areas of strength and opportunities for growth. The more dialogue you complete, the more feedback you’ll receive.

Sample Prompt: “Analyze my responses in the simulated coaching conversation and provide feedback on my communication style and effectiveness.”


To further illustrate these points, here’s an abbreviated and real-world example of how you might use ChatGPT to role play a coaching scenario and get feedback on your performance.

Imagine you want to improve your ability to coach a team member who is struggling with a challenging project.

Sample Prompt: “Let’s engage in a role-play exercise where I practice having a difficult coaching conversation with a team member named Alex. He is underperforming, and he has missed several deadlines that impacted our project timeline. I’ll respond as the leader, and you take the role of Alex.”

  • Your Initial Comment: “I’d like to get an update on how the project is going. Could you give me your perspective on our progress?”
  • AI-Generated Response for Alex: “I guess it could be better. I’ve been struggling to keep up. I just can’t seem to get everything done.”
  • Your Response: “I understand it’s been challenging. Let’s explore together how we can improve your time management and ensure you feel supported in meeting your deadlines.”

After participating in this role play, you could receive instant feedback on your coaching from ChatGPT:

AI-Generated Feedback: “Your neutral approach in opening the conversation prevented Alex from getting defensive. Your response to his comment was empathetic and supportive, which is great for building trust. For improvement, consider asking open-ended questions that encourage him to reflect on specific obstacles and solutions.”

If you use AI to support your coaching efforts, you’re likely to experience better outcomes. It can give you a safe space to practice and make mistakes without real-world repercussions. It also encourages a learning mindset, where the focus is on growth and improvement. But, again, here’s the main thing to remember: AI is a valuable supporting tool, not a substitute for you and your unique passion for investing in your team members.

Until next time,

Sara Canaday

About the author

Sara began her journey working full-time while she earned an MBA. As she climbed the ladder of corporate America, she repeatedly observed a surprising phenomenon: the most successful people weren’t necessarily the ones with the highest IQ or best job skills. She recognized instead that career advancement was much more closely linked with how people applied their knowledge and talents — their capacity to collaborate, communicate, and influence others.

Today, Sara is happily fulfilling that commitment as a keynote speaker, author, and executive coach. These venues have given her the opportunity to mentor and support thousands of people in diverse situations, inspiring many of them to move from insight to action with dramatic career results.

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