Great leaders are made, not born.
Leaders operate in a demanding, fast-paced, high-stakes environment. They’re asked to do more, think harder, solve tougher problems, and get more done than ever before. At the same time, they need to build relationships, connect with colleagues, build trust, mentor others, and have a poised leadership presence. And yet, what got them here won’t get them there. The deep technical knowledge and ability to get things done that propelled their career for a long time is no longer the currency of success.
Leadership coaching provides an opportunity for leaders to:
- Collaborate with and confide in a trusted thought partner who is completely separate from the organization’s measurement systems and politics
- Think about and evaluate their leadership capabilities
- Hear and respond to honest and direct feedback
- Learn from another leader’s experiences
- Create a vision and plan for taking their leadership to the next level
- Consider and experiment with new perspectives, behaviors, and options
- Explore and understand setbacks
- Develop strategies to stay on track
Leaders work with coaches when they get a high-priority project, step into a new role, wrestle with a skill gap, work with a new team, struggle with a challenge, or just want to invest in getting better. Organizations offer coaching to leaders they believe in and value. They’re making an important investment in the leader’s development, success, and future impact.
It’s not for everyone. To make coaching successful, a leader needs to be curious, introspective, and engaged. It’s intense and often transformational. It’s hard work – and it’s worth it.