Leadership and professional coaching go hand in hand because coaching models good leadership. If leaders across the world all employed a coaching model in their leadership, the world would never be the same. People would be more productive with less stress. Communication would be better. There would be accountability without judgment.
But what does it take to be a good coach? Coaching produces results, but what "produces" a good coach? It takes more than education and experience to produce quality coaching. Coaching is a way of being.
To learn how to be a coaching leader and take your leadership skills to the next level, the best thing for you to do would be to hire a professional coach. Here's what you should look for in a coach:
First, look to see if they have been trained by an ICF accredited school. All coach training programs are not the same.
Second, look at the kind of person your potential coach is. Ask yourself, "Does this coach...
- care about people?
- have high personal standards and ambitions?
- demonstrate excellent communication skills?
- love to learn?
- walk his/her talk?
Third, ask for a complimentary consultation to see if you "connect" with the coach. You'll know if you do! Coaching is relational and the conversation should flow smoothly. When it flows well, great things can happen!
If you are interested in learning more about what coaching can do for you, please email or comment and I'll be glad to talk to you. Lead on!
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