What is a Leadership Coach?
Everyone comes to certain points in their life when they are ready to move toward something greater. Perhaps they have just gotten bored with what they are doing. Or maybe they just know that they are capable of more.
This is a common thing for leaders. They know they are capable of making a bigger difference, of changing lives, of changing companies they work in, but they have no clue how to do it.
Most often, these leaders already have the skills necessary to make that difference, so training is not going to help. What will help, though, is a leadership coach. A coach can play an integral role in leadership development in the following ways:
An incredible benefit of working with a coach on leadership development is getting help with clearly defining your goal and making an actionable plan to get there.
Let’s say you want to become a public speaker. Your coach will work with you to get really clear on that goal so you can actually visualize it. Then, they will help you determine what steps you need to take to reach that goal and what resources you might need along the way.
Encouragement and Accountability
First and foremost, a leadership coach, just as a coach in other fields, believes in the client’s leadership potential and works to get the client to see it as well. A coach can help build the confidence their client needs and offer encouragement when the client feels like giving up.
In that sense, they are similar to a very good friend. However, there is a big difference between a coach and a friend. A friend is more apt to let you off the hook, especially when things get too tough. A coach, on the other hand, will hold you accountable no matter what as long as you are working together.
While your coach will certainly hold you accountable, they are also reasonable. If you are not reaching your goal or your full leadership potential, they will work to determine why and work with you to fix it.
For instance, if you are having trouble meeting goals due to a lack of confidence, your coach will not simply tell you to get over it and get to work. Instead, they will work with you to identify what is causing those confidence issues and work with you to overcome them.
Working with a leadership coach greatly increases the chance of you reaching your goals. Reach out to The Red Tulip today to experience the full benefits of working with a leadership coach.