Coaching For Leadership Is Not a Luxury Anymore
“Everybody needs a coach,” says former Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
Every great athlete needs a coach. The truth is Tiger Woods will not take a step without his coach.
In the same manner, every leader needs a coach. In fact, every great leader has a coach.
Self-awareness is crucial to leadership and it can be heightened through coaching.
As you climb dizzying heights on the corporate ladder, you end up dealing with ever more psychological and relational issues. Successful leadership requires perceptiveness about others: what are others’ personal and motivational drivers; their self-interest, etc. These rapport building competencies come from self-knowledge, and self-awareness. And how will you know the truth about another without knowing it about yourself?
Being able to see, understand and deal effectively with others’ outlooks is critical for effective leadership.
Leadership coaching can provide several ways to enhance self-awareness. Self-awareness, combined with business perspectives and practices should be the core of executive and leadership coaching programs.
ActionCOACH has looked to great leaders like Marshall Goldsmith as our inspiration. A great must-read book is “Coaching for Leadership: Writings on Leadership from the World’s Greatest Coaches”