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As much as I am up for a good debate, I don’t intend to get into one about what makes great leadership, or whether, great leaders are born VS being made. However, a chat about the undeniable value that the experience of coaching brings to the leadership table; the invaluable skills, awareness and empowerment that you are equipped with; and how it all manifests in your leadership style, is what I can manage.
“the decision to work alongside a coach, is a reflection of commitment to excellence“
Making the decision to work alongside a coach, is a reflection of commitment to excellence; an intrigue to unearth the unknown; and the desire to produce the best results that you possibly can. Along the way, what people find out about coaching, is that coaching is life, and that its principles, methodologies, philosophies and ethics can be applied well beyond the coaching session, greatly influencing one’s way of life.
The true beauty of this influence happens because of the autonomy and empowerment that coaching enables. Methods that are generating successful results, are applied to other areas of life and relationships, extending way beyond the motivations for the coaching sessions. Approach to leadership, happens to be one of them, thus, allowing the wellbeing of any team, department, project or organization to benefit, from it.
“coaching is life“
You learn the coaching way
During coaching sessions, the probing questions you experience, challenge you to uncover intentions, motives, obstacles and perceived value, that you may not have been aware of. Further, the experience of accountability and commitment enables you to map the best paths that take you from where you are to where you want to be.
Additionally, the coaching way when applied, forms co-creative relationships with all who are involved. Where, all involved, bring their authenticity and experiences to the table, because they feel welcomed to do so. This stimulates greater possibilities of harmony, amongst participants.
“The coaching way when applied, forms co-creative relationships with all who are involved.“
Everyone is encouraged and given the chance to be resourceful and creative in solving problems and challenges, themselves.
Affirming and supportive
Someone (the coach) stops the hands of time to praise, acknowledge and affirm you and your efforts. Achievements are highlighted; insights are encouraged; and newfound awareness is celebrated. Additionally, in coaching partnerships, the coach wants to know about the obstacles you faced; what worked for you; and what didn’t work for you.
In being coached, you learn to acknowledge the ‘person’ and the little things that energizes and motivates them. You not only see but get to feel the experience of having time dedicated to having wins acknowledged, affirmed and praised.
“You learn to acknowledge the ‘person’ and the little things that energizes and motivates them.“
Likewise, in the moments of exploring what worked, you also get to experience a space that is dedicated to exploring what didn’t work; the challenges and obstacles faced; how they were overcame and the steps to be taken, to get them out of the way.
Having this support produces an empowered feeling that your team benefits from, needs and appreciates, to produce and perform at its highest level.
Communication, trust and safe spaces
When appreciation for my coaching is shared, the standouts, for me, are the expressions of feeling heard/listened to; feeling like a great amount of trust has been built that generates better rapport; and that the coaching space is a safe one. The same would be true when you enable your team to experience healthy communication, trust and safe spaces, under your leadership.
Team members, who experience such, feel more inclined to communicate their thoughts, opinions and ideas, for the sake of the group’s ambitions. By extension, the team’s chemistry is likely to be bolstered, potentially, leading to better performance, in the areas that matter most.
“The team’s chemistry is likely to be bolstered, potentially, leading to better performance.”
Furthermore, approach conversations and interactions with the same judgement and assumption free curiosity that your coach does and find yourself providing the greatest opportunities for, your team’s, success.
“Being a leader, puts you in the greatest position to effect change.”
Coaching gets results, so it makes sense that you utilize your own coaching experience, and apply it in areas that are results and performance driven. Being a leader, puts you in the greatest position to effect change, that produces long serving results.