Why is leadership coaching important?
To be a great leader you have to understand how YOU lead.
The leadership myth.
The first myth we have to address is that being a leader is not just being about the boss, but creating a deeper vision for those that you lead, including yourself.
When leadership fails it comes from a lack of clarity of expectations and of the mission in hand. When responsibility and accountability are not your focus your business suffers. It is your primary function to provide the clarity you and your team need to be successful.
Working with the right leadership coach will enable you to develop your skills to then be able to coach within your business.
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While 83% of organizations believe it’s important to develop leaders at every level of the company, only 5% of businesses have implemented leadership development at all levels.
Leadership coaching starts with you.
Your business is an entity, but you are a person. We cannot be inspired by spreadsheets and P&Ls, but something deeper that moves us. Yes it needs to get us out of bed in the morning, but it also has to define how we lead our business. The values we live by, the work we do and the people we serve. If any of these are not aligned, your role as a leader will be consumed by challenges.
As leaders our egos play a critical part in how we deliver to those around us and ultimately our success. When you understand it’s role in your behaviours, you understand your ability to become an authentic leader.
How is leadership coaching beneficial to your business?
What does a leadership coach do?
A coach is not there to be a shoulder to cry on or a punching bag. They are there to hold up a mirror to your leadership and show you what to look for you to grow.
Tell you how to lead.
Hide the truth from you.
Avoid tough conversations.
Use theory over practicality.
Assume you know all the answers.
Focus on your weaknesses.
Understand what you are missing.
Define what kind of leader you want to be.
Develop your growth mindset.
Increase your self-awareness.
Embrace emotional intelligence.
Challenge the imposter.
Focus on resilience.
Identify what your success looks like.
Balance personal and business challenges.
Be a sounding board.
Be a confident.
Speak from experience.
By developing your leadership skills you empower your team.
Does leadership coaching work?
Yes. There is no doubt that through developing your leadership capabilities with a coach you will bring the rewards. Not only in your business, but in your personal life too. Below are some of the benefits you should gain from working alongside the right leadership coach.
Be heard by someone who has been there.
Ability to share your fears.
Develop capabilities to support others.
Clarity in strategic thinking.
Get unbiased feedback.
Learn how you want to lead.
Create deeper self-awareness.
Understand the needs of your team.
Reduce stress and increase fulfilment.
Why leadership coaching fails.
Expectation. Like anything in life when expectations are not aligned, the results follow. It is critical for you to find the right coach for you. That may be a certain industry, skills, language and most critically someone you like.
A high functioning coaching relationship should be based on trust, openness and a sense that you are on a journey together. There will be moments, if you dig deep enough that there won’t be any clear answers, apart from the discovery itself.
Don’t get distracted by too much labelling and testing. All great leadership is a learned skill through your design to grow and understand yourself more deeply.
Leadership is inherently human.
With Grant’s help and support, in a short space of time, I have a super clear direction on where I’m heading, I’m getting more enquiries and closing more clients than I can keep up with and everything is just going pretty awesome.
If you want an honest assessment of your business position and opportunities, with enough kindness to help you hear the truth, I recommend Grant and Waking Giants.
– Mary Crampton
Who do you coach?
Business owners and senior leaders including CEOs and Managing directors are my core client base when it comes to one-on-one leadership coaching. I believe that a deep relationship based on trust is required and therefore do not offer group coaching.
To provide support to those leaders I also work with senior leadership teams to develop their relationships, create greater connections to the company mission and create greater empathy on what is needed from those they work alongside.
Time to take action.
Our approach to leadership focuses on the core need of the person or the team – understanding the current leadership strengths and weaknesses or looking for future capability needs.