How Executive Coaching Can Help You Become an Accessible and Flexible ‘Leader’ and Not a Controlling and Difficult ‘Boss’

How Executive Coaching Can Help You Become an Accessible and Flexible ‘Leader’ and Not a Controlling and Difficult ‘Boss’

We’ve all at some point in our careers thought of our bosses as being overly controlling and even accused them of only being bothered about the ‘numbers’ and not their teams, right? Well, now that you’re the boss, have you thought about whether this is what your team may say about you?!

In the words of Bill Campbell, coach emeritus:

“Your title makes you a manager. Your people will decide if you’re a leader, and it’s up to you to live up to that.”

So, you think you’re a great leader because you achieve your targets each month and your seniors seem pleased with your performance. But wait. Do you regularly hold one-to-one meetings with your team members to find out if they’re satisfied, or if they could perform better? Do you give individual attention to each to spur them on to higher achievement? Or understand what is holding back some of them from performing better?

It’s time to take a reality check:

  • Do you think your way is the only way? You don’t want to be seen as a control freak by your team! To be a great leader you need to understand that you do not have to unilaterally call the shots in your company, but rather to sift, synthesize, and collate the insights of the brilliant people around you. Coaching helps you introspect and shift your mind-set.
  • Do you always hog all the lime-light? As a leader you need to be seen as “one of us” (not “one of them”) and as “doing it for us” (not only for themselves). While it is important for you to provide guidance and clear goals to your employees, you need to ensure that credit for a ‘job well-done’ is given to them. Using coaching tools helps you appreciate and accept them. Acknowledging them goes a long way in building your success.
  • Are you a micromanager? Constantly watching what your employees are doing and managing them on even the smallest tasks shows you don’t trust them. You should be in a position to inspire and spur them towards higher achievement and growth. Create a culture of coaching at your workplace where leaders and managers in your organization engage with and develop their team members.
  • Are you being overly critical? It’s important to provide feedback and constructive criticism to your employees for them to learn and grow, but that means being a coach and not a critic. Coaching paves the way to create an effective and collaborative team. Show positive support to your team members, be their anchor as great leaders need followers!

Executive coaching helps organizations cultivate leaders who can capture opportunities, make sound decisions and create new revenue streams. It also builds valuable skills and knowledge for career advancement or for taking on new job roles and responsibilities.

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