To be an effective leader you must first understand and appreciate your own strengths and development needs. Only by embracing these parts of yourself and your skillset will you be in the right position to connect and communicate with your team, encourage employee professional development and growth, and influence your team’s success.
It’s a fact that employees working with a great leader will thrive. They become more motivated, happier, and productive. So how can you make sure you are that leader? First of all, you need to recognise when your leadership strategy isn’t advantageous to the company, employees, or yourself, and instead is impeding your goals, and impacting your career.
Do you recognise any of these negative aspects of yourself or your executive leaders? Are they influencing the success of the company?
5 signs you need a coach
- You avoid conflict – We’ve all experienced those moments when sticking our head in the sand until an uncomfortable situation goes away seems like the best option. However, avoiding conflict and/or procrastinating is an easy way to derail our leadership strategies. Working with an executive leadership coach allows you to build your confidence and create a tried and tested plan that gives you the skillset to deal with issues directly and get things done.
- You are easily stressed – It can be hard to admit that most of our stress-related issues are self-induced. We worry about what we can’t control just as much as what we can. Appreciating that you have let stress creep into your life is the first step towards releasing it. Coaching provides a host of techniques to release any negative thought patterns, reframe the way you think and act in potentially stressful situations, and be more present.
- You have limiting beliefs – You may not realise it, but any negative situation, conversation, or events can harm your future, and sometimes derail your ability to reach your goals. We are prone to holding on to any past data, traumas, resentments, and influences. Working with a coach allows you to unpick these limiting beliefs, installing a new way of thinking, and freeing you to move forward with more confidence and determination.
- You speak without thinking – We’ve all spoken out before thinking things through, which often lands us in hot water. As a leader, we must pause for reflection so we don’t regret what we might say. An executive coach teaches us to stop and breathe while we process, allowing us the time to make a better choice, and be set to respond rather than react. Simple techniques that have a powerful impact on interpersonal skills.
- You don’t listen – There’s a difference between listening, and really When you really listen to someone, you not only hear their words, but you notice their body language and emotions, which gives you a better level of communication with your team. Working with a coach will help improve your listening skills.
What are the characteristics of a good leader in business?
- Enthusiasm – a good leader shows their team how committed they are to the business
- Integrity – earn the respect of your employees without relying on your job title
- Knowledge – be present in the day to day running of the business
- Resilience – you may not have all the answers, but believe in yourself and see it through to the end
- Trust – in yourself, your team, and the process
Ensuring you have all the characteristics of an effective leader means you must become more self-aware. If your team are disconnected or disengaged at work, then they may lack a positive leadership strategy.
We all strive for employee satisfaction, no matter our job title. However, a truly great leader not only has the ability to lift those around them, but they also focus on professional growth, develop and define their role, learn from their mistakes, and improve their performance and the overall success of the business.
More and more companies are appreciating the importance of leaders who are equipped with excellent people skills, resilience and dedication, as well as a high level of self-control. If you’re adaptable to change, get on well with your team, and you are flexible and passionate, then you’re desirable to any company looking for a successful leader. (You can read more about passion and purpose here.)
Tuning in to your exceptional leadership skills
If you recognised yourself in any of the signs of why you may need an executive leadership coach, then you are now in the enviable position of being self-aware. You understand the importance of personal development, and no doubt want to advance your skills or progress up the career ladder.
By getting your hands dirty and putting in the work, you’ll reap the long-term benefits of coaching. Only by taking action towards making positive changes for the good of your leadership goals will you reap the benefits.
It’s time to invest in yourself, but instead of thinking about coaching from a time, money, and action steps point of view, I was hoping you could consider the ROI (return on investment) that these coaching sessions will provide.
Imagine being able to wipe your brain clean of all the irrelevant data that holds you back from being the great leader you know you are. I like to think of our brain as a computer, holding onto reams of content that slows the processor and corrupts your operating system.
Coaching allows you to free up valuable space in your brain by deleting bad data, installing new operating systems, new programmes, and re-booting, which will enable you to then thrive as a leader.
How can an executive coach help?
The very essence of working with a coach is to provide space and time to gain a deeper understanding of yourself. Getting better results in the workplace can be achieved by taking simple steps to enhance your leadership qualities.
It’s worth noting that 79% of UK professionals say they consider coaching useful for adopting new ways of working, and 84% of workers say that coaching should be part of every business management and development programme.
Whether you are changing roles, facing executive derailment, embracing a promotion, or boosting productivity in the workplace, choosing to work with an executive coach can significantly speed up the process of you working to the best of your abilities.
Benefits of working with an executive coach include:
- Increased productivity
- Improved communication skills
- Lower levels of stress and tension
- Improved interpersonal skills
- Increased commitment and loyalty from employees
- Recognise limiting beliefs
- Manage effective personal power
“I wanted coaching because I felt I had reached a point in life, where I just didn’t know what direction to take. I was aware that I had situations and relationships both personal and professional, that I had negative emotions towards, but I had no idea how to cleanse and clear up conflicts within those relationships. I was also very much aware that I was allowing other people’s actions, and anything that was outside my control, to affect my mindset in a negative way. I made the decision to work with Jane because, for me, she really has been there and got the t-shirt.”
Ash, Finance Professional
Establish the approach that will be suitable for you and put yourself back in control of your executive leadership journey.
Book a Discovery Call with Jane Hooper today.
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