Executive Coaching: Essentials of Leadership Coaching

April 12, 2019

 

 

Essentials of Leadership Coaching

 

Many of today’s professionals seek to experience greater effectiveness in their roles as leaders. Simultaneously, they want to achieve this effectiveness without sacrificing their health and personal relationships.

 

Leadership coaching is an effective way to strengthen essential skills, enhance efficiency and increase responsiveness to the constantly-evolving environment in which executives lead themselves and others.

 

Leadership Defined

 

Leadership can be broadly divided into two intertwined elements: Professional Leadership and Personal Leadership.

 

For coaching purposes, Professional Leadership involves the responsibility for key actions and behaviors that enhance business success, while Personal Leadership involves the key personal considerations, qualities and requirements that support the individual leader’s ability to find fulfillment in their work and in their lives beyond their work.

 

The Leadership Challenge

 

Today’s leader is expected to seamlessly navigate both their professional leadership dynamics and challenges, as well as their personal leadership dynamics and challenges. As a result, many leaders struggle because they see professional leadership and personal leadership as separate and unrelated.

 

This mistaken viewpoint often leads to leaders overworking to meet professional expectations while sacrificing their personal health, relationships and fulfillment. Many see only that the two must exist in zero-sum opposites.

 

The Leadership Solution

 

Effective leadership coaching is dual-focused—addressing both the professional and personal leadership development needs—engendering a fluid rhythm that meets needs of each.

 

In order to evolve into a better leader, the essential qualities, challenges, and needs of each type of leadership must be addressed on the coaching journey.

 

 

Leadership Coaching Roadmap

 

Key questions for leaders to consider—and which dual-focused leadership coaching can help answer—include:

 

  • How can I be less stressed and more productive?

  • How can I hold people accountable in positive ways?

  • How can I create greater alignment among my team?

  • How can I resolve emotionally-charged conflicts?

  • How can I motivate myself and others in more effective ways?

  • How can I support others to grow and develop?

  • How can I be fulfilled professionally without sacrificing my health and my relationships?

  • How can I become more resilient in response to change?

  • How can I focus on the present and remain open to my future aspirations?

  • How can I live a worldly life without sacrificing meaning, purpose and fulfillment?

 

To map out a leadership development plan, first the client and coach must identify the essence of their journey together. And, to do so, the Client must understand the integrated dynamics of Professional Leadership and Personal Leadership.

 

 

 

Professional Leadership

 

Professional Leadership is an intertwined matrix of six key elements with the evolving leader (Client) at the center. The leader is expected to manage individual, collective, and hierarchical needs within this framework with efficiency and effectiveness. However, without tending to the identified needs of each of these factors, the individual and collective elements begin to break down.

 

  • Stress Management

  • Creating Positive Accountability

  • Communicating Effectively

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Increasing Motivation

  • Cultivating Leadership

 

 

 

 

 

Stress Management

  • Managing expectations

  • Managing relationships

  • Managing resources

  • Managing time

  • Managing change

  • Understanding and Reducing stress (individual & collective)

  • Transforming habits

  • Identifying and aligning values, actions and results

  • Determining solvable problems

 

Creating Positive Accountability

  • Managing Commitments

  • Negotiating positive agreements

  • Fostering Self-responsibility and ownership

  • Creating positive accountability – Self and Others

  • Addressing and completing agreement breakdown

 

Communicating Effectively

  • Managing Commitments

  • The Listening Conversation

  • Seeking understanding beyond agreement

 

Resolving Conflicts

  • Reaction vs. Response

  • Navigating team and hierarchy dynamics

  • Evaluating, owning and resolving breakdowns

 

Increasing Motivation

  • Aligning vision

  • Motivating others and Inspiring others

  • Negative vs. positive fuel sources

  • Enrolling vs. Selling

 

Cultivating Leadership

  • Motivating others and Inspiring others

  • Engaging creative mindset vs fixative mindset

  • Meeting conflicting demands

  • Addressing fear

  • Engendering responsibility as leadership

  • Leveraging strengths

 

 

Personal Leadership

 

Personal Leadership is an intertwined matrix of five key elements with Self (Client)—and their Self-Management needs—at the center. Without tending to the needs of the Self, the intersected elements begin to break down.

 

 

  • Self-Management

  • Finances

  • Health

  • Relationships

  • Vocation

 

 

 

Self-Management

  • Balancing Work/Life Commitment

  • Energy management

  • Time management

  • Attention management

  • Managing uncertainty

  • Reaction/response to sudden change

  • Mental freedom

  • Emotional freedom

 

Finances

  • Financial resource management

  • Financial security and freedom

  • Prosperity consciousness (mental/emotional financial freedom)

  • Long term life considerations (retirement)

 

Health

  • Personal stress management

  • Healthy choices, thoughts and practices

  • Spiritual belief and practices

  • Sleep/recovery

 

Relationships

  • Relationship with Self

  • Family roles & relationships

  • Social health

  • Relationship dynamics

  • Listening Conversation

 

Vocation

  • Discovering and embracing “personal calling”

  • Personal meaning, mission, purpose and fulfillment

  • Service to society

  • Legacy

 

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