Leadership: Leadership is how you interact with everyone, including yourself. Leaders are quite visible within small and large businesses. We tend to think of them as business owners, CEO’s and managers at various levels. Traditionally, leadership also extends into politics and other global affairs. However, EVERYONE is a leader either by choice or default.
Leading is the way we help move people, including ourselves, into action. The question is not whether or not we are leaders, but how well we lead.
You’re an ideal coaching candidate if:
- You feel constantly overwhelmed by too many responsibilities
- You feel frustrated that you can’t quite seem to get ahead even though you have management skills and good ideas
- You feel frustrated that your job seems to be mostly about fixing problems and putting out fires
- You want less stress and to get more done in less time and with less effort
- You want to become the leader that motivates and inspires others to follow!
My approach is to utilize various tools with my clients to help them gain personal insight and leverage their talent: these include a strengths finder assessment, a questionnaire about values in action and an emotional intelligence tool.
Characteristics of Leadership:
Because leadership is inextricably connected to who we are deep down, every leader has a different style. Some lead with their eccentric, charismatic selves on full, charming display. Other leaders bear no banners and sound no trumpets. But the inner qualities that make for effective leadership remain constant among all types of leaders, and these include:
- Positive attitude
Leaders know they can alter their lives by altering their minds. Self-discipline, a sense of security, and confidence blossom in the presence of a positive attitude.
- A drive for learning
Good leaders are always open to learning-from others, from opportunities, from mistakes. Those who stop learning, stop growing.
- Unwavering commitment
No great leader has ever lacked commitment. True commitment requires and inspires courage, passion, focus, initiative and responsibility.
Sharing knowledge is essential; even more important is listening. As President Woodrow Wilson said, “The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.”
- Interest in others
The best leaders thrive on helping others achieve their personal best; they are motivated by a desire for the highest good for all rather than personal glory.