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Why Leadership Coaching is More Important Now Than Ever
April 24, 2023 | Category: Blog, Intelligent Leadership
Coaching helps leaders and organizations unlock their potential and maximize their growth. Leadership coaching can help leaders gain access to new perspectives and widen their horizons. As uncertainty, volatility, and ambiguity become hallmarks of modern life, business coaching and executive coaching are more important now than ever.
“You get the best effort from others not by lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within.” – Bob Nelson.
Leadership coaching is a hot commodity these days, not only on the level of executive coaching. A coaching mindset can help leaders implement organizational cultures revolving around coaching. When everyone in a team or organization acts as a coach towards everyone else, that organization is more likely to succeed.
As volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) take hold of our lives and permeate our jobs, the time for coaching and leadership coaching has never been more favorable.
Coaches unlock people’s potential and maximize their growth.
For leaders, executive coaching can provide a significant edge. Here are a few reasons why leaders should never overlook executive coaching as an opportunity to improve their leadership and organizations.
Having a Success-Focused, Knowledgeable Interlocutor
People need peers with whom they can share their struggles and discuss the challenges they face. Leadership coaches are excellent interlocutors for leaders as their expertise and knowledge make them outstanding sources of valuable feedback and insights.
The presence of a coach allows leaders to match their ideas with those of an experienced leadership specialist who asks the right questions to trigger deep introspection and change.
Opening New Perspectives and Setting Goals
Coaches help leaders consider their leadership from diverse perspectives. Sometimes, we don’t see the wood for the trees. Taking a step back helps gain perspective and lends goals additional clarity.
Having a peer with whom to discuss goals, leaders can gain a clearer vision of the future and the means they have at their disposal to shape it.
Developing Emotional Intelligence
Together with self-awareness, emotional intelligence is among the cornerstones of intelligent leadership.
Communication is one of the top leadership prerogatives and tools leaders use to effect change. Proper communication requires deep emotional intelligence.
The significance of emotional intelligence is not lost on leadership coaching specialists.
“Emotion, which is suffering, ceases to be suffering as soon as we have a clear picture of it.” – Benedict Spinoza.
To improve communication, leadership coaching focuses on building emotional intelligence. Endowed with the tools emotional intelligence lends them, leaders become optimal communicators capable of establishing climates of psychological safety, honesty, and coaching in their organizations.
Rethinking and Reframing Leadership
Business coaching understands the leadership trap of working in a business instead of working on it. Leaders are prone to falling victim to this trap as they fill their agendas with day-to-day tasks.
Coaching can help them take a few steps back and reframe their approaches to leadership. Coaches can help leaders delegate better and shift their focus to collaboration and coaching from operational nitty-gritty.
Growing into a Coach
The ultimate goal of leadership coaching is to turn leaders into coaches capable of imparting the benefits of coaching to reports. Leadership coaches act as facilitators, allowing leaders to gain better understandings of themselves and their relationships with others.
Leaders who assume coaching mindsets become force multipliers for their teams. As they coach reports and lead by example, they encourage employees to adopt similarly constructive attitudes toward their peers.
Coaches light fires within.
Leaders Should Aim to Become Coaches
Intelligent leadership is about acting as a mentor, a genuine source of inspiration for employees. Some leaders are more inclined to adopt the coaching approach to leadership than others.
Coaches can, however, help clients understand the power of coaching and how leaders can create organizational cultures focused on the concepts of coaching.
Employees Value Coaching Leaders
Coaching leaders focus on the needs of employees. They know that to meaningfully strengthen teams, they must develop and cater to every member.
Having a leader genuinely invested in their growth can be incredibly motivating, empowering, and inspiring for an employee.
A coach is more than someone who instructs and trains. A coach can make employees see what they could be rather than what they are.