Behind every great Leader is a great Coach

By December 31, 2016Featured

2016 has been a great year, and as we tell all our clients, 2017 will be even better. But before we enter 2017, here’s a question I want you to think about; What does the US President (that’s Barack, not the new guy), and the CEO’s Google, Apple and eBay all have in common? You’ll be surprised to hear that they each of them currently have an executive coach.

When you hear the word “coach” or “management coach”, what comes to mind? Now what should come to mind is that the coaching profession assists thousands of professionals gain major insight into the challenges and complexities of their careers. But that’s not all. As a coach, one of the greatest satisfactions I enjoy is witnessing someone coming into their own power and clarity as they develop as a better leader and communicator. That’s the real reason why I love what I do.

Make 2017 the year you have a coach

As the subheading above implies, make the new year the year where you employ a coach. What a coach will do for you is work hard on maximizing your leadership potential. Coaches give you the feedback that your boss and peers aren’t trained to recognize or articulate in the context of the big picture. Nor are they likely to feel comfortable in doing so. Coaches are neutral and will tell you what you may not want to hear, but as always, will deliver their feedback in a safe environment. We’re not here to belittle you, but we’re here to enable you to grow – as a professional and a person. One of the first lessons I teach my clients is to get them to see how they are perceived by others. I then follow that on to teach them why others respond to them the way that they do, or identify what’s holding them back from achieving what they want to achieve. After all, great leaders possess tremendous self-awareness and to have this, you need a coach.

Still need convincing? Check out what the studies by Harvard, Accenture and a Psychotherapist have to say:

According to the Harvard Business Review, 2 out of 5 new CEOs fail in their first 18 months on the job. It appears that the major reason for the failure has nothing to do with competence, or knowledge, or experience, but rather with hubris and ego and a leadership style out of touch with modern times.

Employers are shocked at how high their ROI numbers are for coaching. He recalls a large employer in the hospitality industry saved between $30 million and $60 million by coaching its top 200 executives.

The higher up you go in companies, the more you’re dealing with psychological and relational issues. Successful CEO leadership requires astuteness about others: their emotional and strategic personal drivers; their self-interest, overt and covert. These relationship competencies rest on a foundation of self-knowledge, self-awareness. And you can’t know the truth about another without knowing it about yourself.

A coach gets you to see the bigger picture

One of the major attributes a coach has is the ability to be a trusted confidante who works with leaders to assist them in seeing around corners, recognizing possibilities and broadening their funnel of insights. Leaders can experience significant business and personal transformation by being removed from the noise of the dance floor and lifted to “Higher Ground” for a new and mindful perspective.

More specifically, in the business and professional context, I will coach and assist you with developing the following attributes:

  • Leadership impact
  • Self-awareness
  • Social and emotional intelligence
  • Tools to deal with ambiguity and uncertainty
  • Own and team performance
  • Better connections with their teams and broader audiences
  • Influence and Impact
  • Confidence and empowerment

You will witness a complete transformation with me on board

I really enjoy witnessing the transformation in my client’s self-belief as they progress through their career. I coached a high potential woman when she was in the first 6 months in her first “VP” position. During that time, she expressed to me her doubt as to how senior she really wanted to go. Through our coaching relationship, I was able to recognize that this statement was not so much a lack of desire but fear in her abilities as a leader. This woman is now working as a CEO at a major organization. All it took was some coaching and guidance, and I achieved this by taking her to her “Higher Ground”, where she soon learn’t just how confident, resilient, and strong she could be. This then empowered her to build her own – what I like to call – “Brand DNA”, which influenced her positioning in the firm she was in.

I’m proud to be working in an industry that empowers teams and individuals, and creates a more productive and positive workplace. If you are interested in having a management coach that can take you to your “Higher Ground”, get in touch today and together we’ll make 2017 the year that sees you leapfrog your competition and gain the real recognition you deserve!