It’s a timeless expression: “The best way to lead is to lead by example.”
That’s easier said than done!
We have all heard the story of a technical expert in their field (for example, a gifted engineer, the top sales person in an organization, a talented doctor or surgeon, an incredibly creative designer, or the most fabulous marketing professional) whose technical expertise propels them to top levels of management or even into the C-suite without much training in the actual work of management and leadership.
We have undoubtedly also all known someone in leadership – whether in the C-suite or otherwise – who got burnt out and crashed because the demands, the work load, and often the work-life balance, were completely out of whack and left the leader reeling.
This is always true, but especially so in the VUCA world of these past few months and years. Strong and steady leadership is more important now than ever, not only in our communities or in companies but beyond the workplace, in our homes and families.
A study done in July 2020 by InfoPro Learning (“Shocking Leadership Development Statistics”), shows that 71% of companies do not feel their current leaders are able to carry their organization into the future.
When a leader has all the technical excellence, knowledge and resources to achieve a desired outcome, but is unable to make the difference they need or want in the space they work, more training is often not the answer.
Leaders need something much more personal and involved: leadership coaching.
Coaching is probably one of the most—if not the most—individually tailored practice in talent development as it involves a close and confidential relationship between the coach and the person being coached. Meeting one-on-one with senior managers or leaders within an organization (such as a director, vice president, president, or member of the C-suite), our executive/leadership coaching provides a safe, structured, and trustworthy environment in which to offer support for the individual.
Based in various coaching models (GROW, FUEL, COACH etc.), and using targeted and tailored coaching or personality assessments (360s, DISC, VIA Strengths Survey, Strengths Finder, etc.), Challenge Coaching also helps the leader understand their current competencies, see how they’re perceived by others, and focus on identifying and clarifying current goals, as well as the appropriate action steps to reach those goals.
We step into your world while maintaining a careful distance of objectivity, helping you gradually work through whatever is in the way of achieving your objectives (whether mental or emotional hurdles; such as beliefs, habits or fears). Through a process of inviting introspection and self-reflection, we help you clear a path for success.
Our role is that of an ally who, from the outset, believes that you have unlimited potential to achieve the goal or outcome that you have set for yourself.
In a study done of Fortune 1000 companies, 48% of leaders that underwent coaching exhibited an increase in work quality. This led to higher engagement and productivity, improving their effectiveness in leadership roles. Coaching also provided leaders with the needed support to motivate and inspire their teams.
The Challenge Coach is that support: working with us, people become better leaders and better negotiators. With the help of our coaching, executives develop larger social networks, and thus become more resilient, cope better with change, and have less stress and trauma.
The 5 key benefits of Challenge Coaching are:
- New Insights
- Innovative Thinking
- Enhanced Performance
- Improved Communication
Simply put, Challenge Coaching empowers leaders to do exceptional work.
If you would like to learn more about what The Challenge Coach can offer your organisation with regards to Executive & Leadership Coaching, let’s find a time to chat. Either get in touch or schedule yourself in for an appointment to talk about your requirements:
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