Benefits of being coached as a leader offers you:
- an expanding sense of what is possible
- clarity in understanding your strengths, weaknesses and alternative approaches to any current paradigm (particularly if it doesn’t seem to be gaining any traction)
- learning in how to work though others to develop culture, collaborate and offer more sustained success.
Conversations in leadership coaching sessions can be externally oriented or internally focused – examples include:
A leader wants their team to have well thought out projects and better customer service.
The sessions focused on working on clarity of communication and directions for the leader herself. She was able to identify what needed to occur to move her team in the direction she expected for her vision of better customer service to external stakeholders.
The leader wants to have greater positive impact with peers.
This leader had a number of cross team projects that had managers who were more dominant than herself. She tended to blurt out her thoughts without structuring her responses in order to be heard above the others. This had resulted in their opinion of her as being “weak”, undisciplined and grand-standing on issues.
Coaching identified 3 action areas to work on:
- Networking with the managers outside of formal meetings
- Preparing papers that keep her points on target
- Self-control over the need to be heard in meetings
“If you want to make minor, incremental changes and improvement, work on practices, behaviour or attitude. But if you want to make significant, quantum improvement, work on paradigms… perception, assumption, theory, frame of reference or lens through which you view the world.”
The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness