30 Nov Leadership
Leadership has been in the forefront of my mind for various reasons recently.
I have been coaching leaders in workplaces to enable them – amongst many other things – to self-reflect; to inspire and empower others; make bold, insightful decisions; to face challenges; and to motivate their teams. It is a joy as a coach to facilitate this and know that it has a huge impact on the leader and the people they work with. I find the effect coaching has on leaders to be truly profound and the positive outcomes are long lasting.
This is because coaching can bring clarity, vision and direction. It has the power to inspire, motivate and develop leaders and consequently those around them. It can bring changes to the culture of workplaces, and to people’s professional and personal lives. Coaching finds a natural home with leaders.
Another time I heard the word ‘leadership’ recently was when someone told me that he doesn’t think he is a leader. This person is a quiet and gentle man. Perhaps he may not be the person who gives presentations and chairs meetings. Maybe he isn’t the loudest and most noticeable person in his workplace. However, I wonder when he speaks in his quiet and mild mannered way, it is something worth listening to. When he has ideas and suggests change, it is well considered. Does he take new employees under his wing and encourage them to grow? Perhaps he commands respect by being good at his job and being willing to support others. I suspect he shows himself as a man of integrity and has more followers than he realises. Which brings me nicely to a quote from Alexander the Great:
‘I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.’
I also had a conversation with an ex-colleague about a 7 year old child in our school who showed leadership skills; her classmates respected her and held her in high esteem. Does showing traits of leadership at a young age mean that great leaders are leaders because it is the essence of who they are? The qualities of effective leadership are at the heart of their being and people willingly follow. Personal qualities such as: showing sincere enthusiasm; having empathy; possessing excellent communication skills; showing loyalty; demonstrating integrity; having the ability to empower, grow and nurture others. These, along with a good many other traits, are evident in strong leaders, and can be seen in children. Which is fascinating when we think about encouraging and developing leaders for the future.
With my own experience of being a leader, it is no surprise that I love coaching leaders. It is so exciting and a privilege to be a part of the development and growth in a person whose impact and influence touches many people.
Coaching leaders is like watching the petals of a daisy opening up gently in the morning sun.
Please do contact me because you are curious about leadership coaching.