W20D2 - Coaching

"Listen to advice and accept discipline,
    and at the end you will be counted among the wise" - Proverbs 19:20.

"No man is an island" is a secular proverb that is not spoken much any more, but it remains relevant. No leader is adequate to see or know all that there is to see and know. Yet with leadership comes the wisdom from the experience of decisions, some that worked and some that did not.  That wisdom needs to be shared in the organization, not just within departments, but throughout the organization. Leadership should adopt a coaching program where everyone in the company has access to and can draw on the advice and counsel from wisdom sources.

LEADERSHIP STEP: If you want your organization to have wisdom, you have to learn how to share wisdom and have it accepted and acted upon by all. Your Step today is to acknowledge that part of your role as a leader is to coach others, both in and sometimes outside your organization. Once you accept that fact, you must then establish a coaching program to be adopted throughout your department or organization. This can be formal or informal, but should be accessible to all.

W15D2 - Coaching

"Where there is strife, there is pride,
    but wisdom is found in those who take advice" - Proverbs 13:10.

When leaders think they know or can do it all, they are being proud, and pride in a relationship or an organization eventually leads to some sort of strife. Leaders also often explore territory that others have not seen, so there are many opinions about and options for what they should and should not do. The wise leader seeks counsel not only about their business but also about their leadership style and personality traits. This is referred to as coaching, and smart leaders regularly call upon or meet with people they trust to get advice and direction.

LEADERSHIP STEP: Where is the greatest point of tension in your organization? Today assume you are part of the problem - whether that's true or not - and identify someone in your company, field or city who can give you input around this area of need, whether it be budgeting, staffing, production or team building. The only antidote for pride is humility and you are going to humble yourself and get advice, perhaps from multiple sources, to help correct the problem.

W10D2- Coaching

"The way of fools seems right to them,
    but the wise listen to advice" - Proverbs 12:15.

Leaders are usually skilled at foresight and strategic planning, but that does not make them infallible. They should be aware of the fact that they regularly need advice as they face new and difficult challenges. The fool assumes that he or she has all the answers and is already smarter than anyone else in the department or even organization. The advice may be about specific decisions or it can pertain to the leader's overall capacity and ability to lead - the latter advice usually comes in the form of coaching.

LEADERSHIP STEP: Today you must identify some area in which you admit you need coaching. It may be in some particular area like finance, team building or it may be around your areas of personal ineffectiveness like time management or writing. Once you have identified the area(s), then ask around and secure a coach in those particular areas. That may come in the form of reading some expert material, going back to school or actually hiring a coach.

W5D2 - Coaching

"The way of fools seems right to them,
    but the wise listen to advice" - Proverbs 12:15.

No leader is an island who has everything he or she needs to be effective. Even the best leaders have advisors and counselors -- those who help them frame their thinking and decisions in the best possible terms. These coaches also help leaders personally develop their leadership, business, and people skills. Once they benefit from and appreciate the role of coaches, these coached leaders can then become coaches themselves, looking to reproduce their own effectiveness in others.

LEADERSHIP STEP: Make a list of all the coaches and mentors in your leadership life right now - even if your leadership is limited to your own home at the moment. Are you making maximum use of those people at this point in time? What can you do to maximize their impact on your leadership? In what areas of personal development do you need some new coaching expertise? Can this be done through a reading program or do you need face-to-face help?