Leadership is about the future. Dubai is designing the next 100 years. It appears to be obvious synergy when futuristic visionaries formulate the GPS to guide the way forward. Since Dubai stands for excellence in all areas, it stands to reason that those leaders of industry would want to create succession management based on the consistent, predictable, and outstanding leadership that created Dubai in the first place. After all, you cannot create something from nothing and then expect others to follow your lead without leadership, training, and executive coaching.
Coaching and Leadership go hand-in- hand. Developing leaders for the future requires hands-on coaching and mentoring that is customized for each promising individual. When we propose “Executive Coaching,” let’s consider some of the myriad of possibilities that this includes. The list is very extensive and here are twenty of the topics that can be included in the bespoke packages.
- Vision is the ability to see what doesn’t yet exist. Vision imagines the future, accessing one’s creativity, and formulates innovative solutions when none are readily apparent. Vision comes from self-trust. Vision requires courage, boldness, and the willingness to connect dots that have never been connected before.
- Confidence starts with self-trust and expands to the dimension of gravitas. To coach an executive on confidence means to help him/her believe in themselves, and their accomplishments so that they can be resolute and strong in their convictions. When an executive possesses confidence, he/she stands tall without second guessing themselves, their decisions, or their moral compass.
- Courage is finding the inner strength required when confronting danger, difficulty, or opposition. Courage is required when you want to change your circumstances, when you face leadership challenges, or when you want to embrace a new vision beyond your previous experience and familiarity. Courage is about experimenting with new behaviors and exploring doing things differently. It is about stretching out of your comfort zone to create new possibilities. Courage is required when breaking old patterns, changing behaviors, or innovating for the future.
- Is honorable and honors his/her commitments. When a leader keeps his/her commitments, it sends a message of integrity, solid character, and accountability. Keeping commitments also demonstrates that you are trustworthy, since your word is gold.
- Trustworthy is a quality that must be developed if one is to lead with ethics. Trust is the foundation of every relationship. To be trustworthy, y ou need to demonstrate that you are honorable and deserving of that trust. Since trust is so precious, it is also fragile and when broken is very challenging to repair.
- Takes responsibility for his/her actions both positive and negative. Being responsible means to acknowledge that you are “at cause” in matters related to you. If you are not responsible, then you blame others for the circumstances that surround you. Great leaders “Own” their circumstances rather than assigning blame to anyone outside of themselves.
- Is present, interested, engaged, and actively listens to whomever is speaking. Coaching skills were never learned in traditional school. These skills are part of the leadership abilities attributed to the leader as coach. Unless you are born with these skills, you will most likely need to learn them in an accredited coach training to become the “people manager” within you.
- Involvement of others is a skill that includes opening minds, hearts, and the will. The difference between a leader and a “solo-succeeder” is that a leader communicates with others in such a way to inspire them to embrace the vision, formulate the strategy, and become fully committed to deploy the required actions to make the vision become reality.
- Influential with the capabilities of inspiring others to get onboard. Leadership starts with the self and then expands exponentially in concentric circles. Having an impact on others so that they follow your lead is essential to produce positive results
- Confronts reality, especially in unpleasant and uncomfortable situations. As a team member, you can avoid confrontation, however, as one emerges as a leader, it becomes abundantly clear that this is no longer an option. Learning the skill of positive confrontation to achieve effective results is one of the skills that is coachable. With the support of an effective coach, a developing leader will learn how to become more positively confrontational.
- Values resources including people, time, energy, and finances. The ability to conduct effective and efficient meetings demonstrates to your team that you value their time, and intend to utilize their talents, capabilities, and energy in a productive manner. When leaders perceive their teams as valuable, they never take individuals for granted nor do they consume precious time irresponsibly.
- Communicates effectively and galvanizes others to action. Being a member of a team requires the ability to harmonize, respect the others, and negotiate win-win outcomes for all. When you shift from a team member to the leader, you assume higher levels of responsibility for the success of your communication.
- Is accountable for producing desired results. Along with responsibility is the accountability for one’s actions. Being accountable means that people can count on you to show up, speak up, and be your best self, even when the situation is so stressful that it weighs on your attitude and behaviors.
- Is connected to the team, both internally, externally as well as the customers. Being connected to those around you shows your interest in them as people, not just a means to an end. Staying connected requires ongoing maintenance, consistency, and concern regarding their wellbeing.
- Deployment of the vision. Some people can be left to their own self-management, while others require follow up and support. Each person is unique and one size does not fit all. The leader needs to be able to assess the needs of each individual on the team and then deliver what is needed in a timely manner.
- Financial competency. Helps the team in comprehend the organization’s financial goals. Employees don’t always connect their value to the team and the overall organization to the financials that drive the mission. It is up to the leader to build the bridge for employees to see their relevance and value. Explaining the big picture so all become inspired is a function of leadership.
- Measures results. Results are ultimately the tool to determine success. Without producing the desired results, there will ultimately be no game to play. Therefore, the ability to track results and to determine their impact is not only relevant, it is essential to team members knowing their purpose and making sense of their relationship to the success of the organization
- Attracts the best talent. Creates a culture that attracts high performers. High performers inspire other team members. Without them, the culture can settle into mediocrity. Leading the team to form an organization that is perceived as “A great place to work,” not only helps develop the self-esteem of the individual team members, it also attracts others from the outside who want to be a part of a winning organization.
- Encourages team members to grow, develop and incentivizes them in appropriate ways. Leadership is like sunshine. If the leader uses his/her positive energy to shine on those who require sunlight, they will blossom. The leader must be capable of customizing his/her recognition, reinforcement, and rewards so that employees grow and develop in positive and productive ways and impact those around them
- Develops future leaders. Coaching is an essential capability that will develop leaders for your corporation’s future. The skill of mentoring from seasoned senior professionals goes hand-in- hand with coaching for professional development. When you have a mentor to help you navigate the politics of your organization, coupled with the empowerment of coaching that develop potential leaders you have a winning formula for leadership.
These are the first 20 ways in which coaching helps develop leaders in organizations; the ripple effect on those who follow is tangible, observable, and measurable.
Cherie Carter-Scott, Ph.D. MCC
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