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Qualities of a Good Leadership Coach

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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Learning to Lead

Did you know that all of us were born to lead? All of us have someone who looks up to us in our unique spheres of influence. However, how many of us were ever taught how to lead?

I've been involved in a variety of leadership environments over the years, ranging from corporate to not-for-profit. Now that I am a trained coach, I wish I would have had the leadership skills then that I do now.

Coaching and leadership go hand in hand because coaching skills equate to good leadership skills. Consider the four primary skill competencies of a professional coach:

  1. Listening
  2. Creating Awareness/Asking Questions
  3. Planning/Goal Setting
  4. Managing Progress/Accountability

How can proficiency in these skills benefit you? How can you gain proficiency in these skills? First of all, start with a foundational skill and build upon it. Of course, you could always hire a coach!

My suggestion is to start with the foundational skill of listening.  Good coaching, leadership and relationships all start with good listening skills.  If we can listen well, we can set ourselves up for success with the rest.

What skills do you find are essential for good leadership?  Let us hear from you!