In my Coaching for Excellence class, we start with an "enlightening" activity.
Participants are asked to recall a person who acted as a coach to them, some time during their lifetime. It could be a workplace coach, a teacher, mentor, or sports coach. I ask them to tell their colleagues (in the room) about who that person was and what made them special. Then, they are instructed to develop a list of the behaviors that made these people so "coach-like," and the impact these people had ON THEM.
Participants list behaviors like these:
I loved this list! I hope (and strive) to be that kind of leader!
I also ask participants to recall and discuss the impact that these coaches had on them (and/or on their teams). They responded that their coaches fostered:
If you are a leader of any kind -- a supervisor, manager, executive, or influencer -- think about the impact that you have on others.
If this is the impact you hope to have, and the way you intend to lead, then think about how to align your actions today.
Remember that the time and attention you give to others makes a big difference.
Make it count!
About the Author: Claire Laughlin is a highly regarded training expert who has dedicated her career to studying and improving patterns of communication in organizations. Claire works across various industries, coaching individuals and creating large scale, global-reaching training programs designed to uplift and support excellence across functions and cultural divides. Claire shares her expertise by offering training solutions for all levels of professional development.