Awaken Your Leadership
Do you have any idea of the leadership potential you could have?
The organisations you work for can play a huge role in shaping the capabilities that have made you successful. However, this is only part of our leadership story.
Find your pivotal leadership talent and see it rise to the occasion.
The first step in finding your leadership sweet spot is to cultivate an honest and accurate self awareness of who you are and what you stand for. Being a great leader is far more than just fitting into the organisational machine. Click here for a good introduction on becoming a great leader from the Harvard Business Review.
Your Leadership Edge
I’ve worked with many brilliant leaders and talented professionals. The essence of what makes them tick often goes far beyond a “competency checklist”. Once your are delivering the required level of competence and skill for your role, its also wise to wise to think ahead to the knowledge and skills that will boost your employability and future opportunities. There is no need to be stuck in what you are doing now.
I’ve noticed the real stars have many great capabilities that help them sail though the unpredictable currents of organisational life. One important instinct these stars have is to seek the advice of others as they habitually work beyond the edge of their comfort zone.
The good news is that you can boost your “superpowers” and complement your current technical or management focus through attending to five key areas.
- STRATEGIC WISDOM
- BREADTH OF FOCUS
- VERSATILE CHANGE-MAKER
- RELATIONSHIP Q
- CALM INTENSITY
Is This You?
“You have the magnetism to move hearts and minds, thinking strategically yet skilfully operating tactically to drive progress. People trust your judgement on the difficult questions that affect others. You have a thirst for learning and seek out professionals to help expand your skills and knowledge on a regular basis.
The strong track record you established in the early part of your career has attracted a positive reputation with your peers. Your self confidence is effective in conflict situations as it is based on your skilful guidance in difficult situations rather than self importance. Your success comes not only from what you stand for but also from a an ability to recognise the strengths of others. You have a track record for assembling and growing strong performance.”
A select minority of people may seem to have a mysterious knack for attracting accolades snd dealing serenely with whatever comes up. For others, some determination and clear intent is necessary to cultivate our superpowers.
Find Your Leadership Sweet Spot
In ever more turbulent and speeded up times, transformational shifts in performance have to target pivotal areas of expertise and emotional intelligence. The way leaders show up has to suit the jungle they have to thrive in.
A leadership adventure into the unknown triggers an internal metamorphosis. This metamorphosis is at its most intense when the professional has to experience big shifts outside of their comfort zone. For the following transitions significant changes in scope of role, responsibility and perceived personal risk may be experienced:
- Technical Whiz to Manager
- Manager to Leader
- Leader to Senior Leader
You can join the path of many heroes and heroines before you into the world of authentic an satisfying leadership. Now’s the time to awaken your purpose, breathe life into your natural talents and enjoy operating in your unique zone of peak performance.
Who is Leadership Coaching for?
A trusted Leadership Coach can benefit leaders and influencers, from Board level to novice manager.
Leadership coaching is synonymous with Executive Coaching in that the client has a role that involves responsibility for others and/or the need to influence and work with others.
Professional life can often seem a rollercoaster of breakthroughs and breakdowns; if you are feeling frazzled, uncertain or burnt out, you are experiencing a common modern epidemic and are not alone.
You may be a professional who sees their purpose as making a difference, or having an impact that goes beyond the mundane.
You may be interested to know there is clear value in sharpening your emotional intelligence (EQ) skills as they have been proven to be a stronger predictor of success than IQ.
Top talent and solid performers alike can benefit from an open and honest dialogue with an experienced leadership coach who understands the challenges they experience and how to thrive with resourcefulness, resilience and the key EQ components that can be learned.
Typically, work begins with how to best establish and maintain momentum for critical breakthroughs in results and performance in the organisation you influence. Work -life balance strategies may also feature.
How a Leadership Coach Can Help
As professionals progress through pivotal stages of their career (say from Technical Expert to Manager then Leader of many) they may need help with any of the following:
- Transitioning into a new role or organisation.
- Managing team performance.
- Understanding their natural leadership signature style and how to cultivate its full potential
- Mentoring and supporting others who are themselves coaching or mentoring others.
- Honing emotional intelligence and self-awareness, both within oneself and in relation to others.
- Helping to build resourcefulness and resilience to overcome professional difficulties.
- Team succession planning, coaching emerging talent.
- Inspiring others through challenging times.
- Creating and maintaining the momentum for change
The Benefits of Working with a Leadership Coach
Depending on the agreed goals, benefits can include:
- One-on-one focus on real-time priority issues.
- Access to new ways of thinking with an objective sounding-board.
- Clarity of strengths and support in boosting weaker skills
- Increasing the probability of a successful impact on others
- Increased value to employer through positive engagement and focused personal development action
- Access to just-in-time emergency EQ skills development resulting in improved relationships
Mindfulness can promote many positive habits. Through bring able to manage our mind better it is more easy to concentrate on high quality personal reflection and clearl decision-making through. Neuroscientific research now validates the positive effects a regular mindfulness and meditation practice can have on concentration (directly) and emotional intelligence (indirectly).
Click here to see Daniel Goleman and his Richard Davidson talk about how mindfulness practices can IMPROVE key functions of the brain for Leader effectiveness.
Incorporating simple mindfulness techniques into your daily life could bring a valuable fresh perspective to your leadership adventure. Go to the Mindfulness tab to find out more.
At Success Inspired, we have worked with a wide range of entrepreneurs, executives, senior managers and business owners. The case studies and testimonials below are just some of the examples of the questions and common objectives and solutions deployed. When choosing your Leadership Coach ensure that you work with someone who is truly knowledgeable about how you can optimise your skills, knowledge and mindset.
Am I really in the right job?
“I was aware that some days at work were great and others were awful but never really understood why. The other problem was that I was finding it difficult to disentangle other people’s well-meant advice from my gut feel for what I should be doing. It’s such a relief to know what genuinely gives me a buzz and to now have a plan in place to make this the focus of my career. I’m a lot better at avoiding distractions that won’t get me there and creating the opportunities that will.”
Manager, Recruitment Agency
Time for me to gain perspective in building readiness for change
“Caroline really takes an interest in your whole story. I felt really listened to. She helps you move forward in translating that into more satisfying work and life overall. She has a wide and deep toolkit in the areas of personal effectiveness and leadership development but tailors what she draws on for the moment by moment topics that are surfaced in the coaching, helping me to build my resourcefulness for change and resilience for bouncing back when things seem to be out of my control. What has helped me to be successful so far now needs a fresh approach as new, unexpected challenges come up. She is a trusted sounding board as I work out how to do this and offers alternative ways of approaching problems at work and in my life overall. Working with a coach has helped me to understand my choices and make more confident decisions.”
Senior Consultant, Accenture
I needed to become more confident in my personal niche
“I was getting quite disillusioned with my career and have been thinking the grass is greener elsewhere for some time. You have helped me work out where I can focus my efforts and influence the change I needed. Your enthusiasm and encouragement have meant I am a lot more confident and committed to following through”
Establishing Leadership Strengths and Improving Team Performance
“Caroline has equipped me to have a clearer sense of what my strengths are and how I can do more to bring them to the fore as I lead my team. The workshops she then ran for my team then brought out the best in us all and helped us to break some common conflict patterns.
Senior Vice President, Finance & Accountancy Division, Financial Services
Accelerated Leadership Development Training & Coaching for High Potential Talent
“Our function has experienced dramatic change and many of us have been jettisoned into new roles very quickly. I’ve had to learn how to be a senior leader without having had much leadership development. The programme helped me to work out what kind of leader I am and how I can find my feet with a team that was originally selected by someone else.”
Director, Credit Risk, Financial Services
Leading Others and Managing Stress Through Uncertain Times
“I’ve worked with Caroline when she was an internal coach at my company when she really helped me to get the most out of managing and engaging with my team in a very difficult trading environment. She has also helped me to boost my influence of others as a global senior leader. Now that she is working as an independent Executive Coach I am able to work through areas related to my life outside of work that I wouldn’t normally get support for in my firm. I realise that the skills and experience that have helped me to be successful so far now need a fresh approach as new, unexpected challenges come up. Working with a coach has helped me to understand my choices and make more robust decisions.”
Senior Vice President, Legal Counsel, Financial Services
Maintaining Professional Momentum Whilst Balancing Health and Family
“The last couple of years have been very difficult as I’ve had to juggle managing treatment for cancer, balancing family pressures and keeping the momentum going at work. It’s really helped to work with Caroline and make sure I keep mindful of what’s really important so I can keep all the plates spinning. She has encouraged me to make sure I’m managing the situation rather than just keeping my fingers crossed or panicking. This has really helped me manage people’s expectations. Her pragmatic positivity has helped keep me on track and my prognosis on health, life and work are all doing great.”
Senior Manager, National Charity