One of the key components of being a successful leader is knowing when to seek out additional resources to be a better leader. The realisation that one person can’t do it all is a major step in developing personal strength, and for leaders, this means investing the time and trust in a leadership coach to advance personal development.
Looking outside the box to a leadership coach gives a manager the opportunity to reflect and analyse their leadership style and actions with a critical eye, all the while using their discoveries to make even better choices in the future. With a clear goal of self-improvement in mind, each step of the coaching process can bring insight and new avenues of productivity simply by building on the lessons previously learned as well as true self-awareness.
The Leadership Coaching Process
The first step in the coaching process is a careful review of the significant decisions and leadership actions taken in the recent past, looking for elements that not only went well, but those that didn’t work as expected. By identifying these opportunities, a leadership coach can garner a better grasp of the manager’s style within their working environment, using real examples and studies on which to base an analysis of leadership style. It’s all about self-awareness. Gaining an understanding of who YOU are as a leader. Your values, purpose, beliefs, experiences, strengths and philosophy. This drives behaviour and decision making.
The next step is to critically breakdown the actions that led to these decisions, looking for repeatable correlations and how they might better be addressed when a similar situation arises in the future. Though each instance of decision making is uniquely different, the core elements feeding into a decision will remain somewhat constant. By understanding how a situation played out in the past, adjustments and corrections can be made in the future.
Lastly, the leadership coaching process puts in place a series of actionable items from which a leader can draw from depending on the situation. By moving in a positive direction by learning from past choices, a manager builds their knowledge base and by default improves their qualities. A team is only as strong as the weakest link, yet by striving to constantly improve and gain knowledge from the decisions of the past, a team leader finds strength in confidence. The decisions become simpler to make, with a growing retinue of experience to draw from.
Retaining the services of a leadership coach helps to develop a deeper understanding of leadership style, all the while strengthening the foundation of the team – one decision at a time. Learn more about how LeadershipHQ can support you in becoming the Leader you want to be! It will be the best decision you have made this year! Get in contact today!
About Sonia McDonald
Sonia McDonald, CEO and Founder of LeadershipHQ, is an Entrepreneur, Thought Leader, Dynamic Keynote Speaker, Leadership Coach and Author of Leadership Attitude (now on BOOKTOPIA!). She was recently named in the Top 250 Influential Women Leaders across the Globe. Sonia is one of Australia’s Leading Executive Coaches. She has over 25 years’ human resource management, leadership and organisational development experience. She has held senior leadership roles in organisational development, learning and development, human resources and talent management fields across the globe. She is also an inspirational and dynamic leadership and neuroscience keynote speaker.
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