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Considering coaching to develop your leadership?

Guidelines on coaching as a useful process for developing yourself and your leadership

...from Anne Topping, leadership consultant, Breaking the Rules 

A quick video

40-second video clip to understand why you might want to consider having a coach 

A useful paper

Fielden, S. (2015) Literature review: coaching effectiveness - a summary

An online post

Ray Williams Wired for Success, Why Every CEO Needs a Coach, Executive coaches perform key function for CEOs , Posted Aug 13, 2012

“Professional executive coaches can help leaders grow and improve performance, reduce or eliminate their blind spots and be open to constructive feedback, not only reducing the likelihood of failure, and premature burnout but also provide an atmosphere in which the executive can express fears, failures and dreams. Smart CEOs and progressive organizations now realize the value of a good CEO coach . . .

. . . Robert Lee former President and CEO of the Center for Creative Leadership provided a research study for the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology regarding the use of executive coaches in organizations. He identified the most common areas of focus which included: dealing with paradox and ambiguity; shared power; personal visibility vs. private persona; interpersonal distance vs. personal closeness; narcissism and pride vs. humility; approachability vs. tough-mindedness; emotional openness vs. rationality and logic; empowering and enabling vs. directive and forcefulness; extroversion vs. introversion; leading from the heart vs. leading from the head; ethics and morality vs. pragmatism and the ends justifies the means.”


Extract from Jeff Giesea’s Linkedin page on coaching (Feb 2014)

“ If you're considering coaching, here are 12 ways you might benefit:

    1. Hard results - greater productivity, faster promotions, bigger profits
    2. Deeper learnings - about yourself, how you're perceived, where you can improve
    3. Faster action - advancing things faster and with greater precision
    4. Space to hear your own voice - to talk something through and gain perspective
    5. Awareness of perspectives, beliefs, and attitudes that may be holding you back
    6. Support and confidence to "lean in" and make bold moves
    7. Clarity on your values and what you stand for, which leads to greater conviction
    8. Ideas for ways to improve that you may not see - awareness of blind spots
    9. Emotional support, empathy, and encouragement - feels less lonely
    10. The cold truth others won't tell you
    11. Third-party moderation for 360-reviews, strategic planning, and conflict resolution
    12. Support for improving specific skills - communication, delegation, conflict management, team building, persuasion, etc.

In my eyes, these are incredible leverage points for growth. But don't get me wrong, coaching isn't a panacea. It won't work for someone who doesn't have a desire to learn and grow. In some situations, consulting or therapy may be more appropriate. And let's face it: not all coaches will fit. It's a profession with low barriers to entry that's still maturing. There's an element of chemistry that needs to be right.” 

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