Awaken Your Leadership, Boost Your Organisation
Do you have any idea of the leadership potential you could have? As a Leadership Coach I zero in on the strengths, resilience and versatility my clients need to develop to thrive in 21st century organisations. You may be at the forefront of navigating change for your organisation, charting the rapids of the unpredictable conditions that prevail. Equally you may be instrumental in planning and structuring the organisation that will see your team and your customers into a successful future. As your Leadership Coach I can partner with you to hone your capabilities so they are future proofed and you operate at the top of your game.
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 – Make it Count
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 readiness to create and optimise future opportunities. If you merely focus on what you have always done, you’ll always get the results of these outdated mindsets and activities.
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
Food for Thought for Leaders
I’m often asked for some tips on interesting reading to expand a leaders thinking. Here are a couple of my favourites for 2018 so far.
Are You Future-Proofing for the 21st Century?
A thought provoking take on how modern day technological and biological phenomena are shaping our economies and environments. Harari’s credentials as a best selling commentator on the human experience past and future were confirmed in his books, ‘Sapiens’, ‘and ‘Homo Deus’.
A book of 21 essays on different subjects encompassing our technological and political challenges, he concludes by offering his own personal methods for thriving in modern times.
Harari and Radio 4’s Andrew Marr discuss the history of the world, the challenges of the present and a post-human future. Click below to listen to the 42 minute interview.
Improve Your Mental Capacities – With Practice, Mindfulness Can Grow Your Mental Versatility
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 clear decision-making. Neuro-scientific 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.