Why would I need a coach?
A coach is a neutral third party with no opinion on where your life “should” go. We work on the knowledge that you are the only one with the answers for your own life. We help by asking questions that help you find your own wisdom.
Investing in a coach is an investment in yourself. A Coaching session is all about you. It is seen as self-care. While a bubble bath might be great, without someone asking you the questions to get to the answers you need, it’s not helping you move forward. When you aren’t sure of the next step to take, a coach is a great place to start.
What do you mean by “Dual paths of Leadership”?
Years ago I took a course by this name and it stuck. When we step into a leadership role it takes a whole different set of skills than the skills that got us there. Instead of doing the work, we are now getting the work done through others. At the end of the day we often leave feeling like we didn’t get anything done because our work has less tangible outcomes. There is no part made, or fixed machinery or spreadsheet completed by us. We have however had a ton of conversations and made a ton of decisions, so we are tired, but sometimes don’t feel accomplished.
Dual path’s of leadership reminds us that while we need to lead the team, we can’t do that without leading ourselves first. How you manage yourself, will affect the team more than you realize. You are the example they are following.
My team is struggling, what am I supposed to do?
The team is only as good as the leader. You role is to set and enforce the Vision, Mission and Values. People like clarity in their role. That means that they want to know where they are headed, what role they play in getting the team where they are going and they want to believe that if someone isn’t doing what they are supposed to, there will be consequences.
It’s your job to make sure that the road ahead is clear, and that everyone is pulling in the same direction. It doesn’t mean you have to have all the answers. If you had all the answers there would be no need for a team. It just means you keep the team focussed, and that you are aware when one member might need some extra support. If you aren’t sure how to make this a practice, a leadership coach is a very helpful tool.