Leadership Coaching & Marginal Gains

People come to leadership coaching for a range of reasons:

  1. They want a confidential sounding board to talk through their leadership decisions
  2. They need to identify why they are struggling with a particular aspect of their leadership role
  3. They are preparing themselves for the next chapter of their career
  4. They want help defining goals and having someone who will hold them to account for those goals in a supportive way
  5. They are struggling with conflict and want to develop some techniques to help them to manage that conflict

Most interestingly for me isn’t what brings people to the sessions in the first place but what we uncover as part of the first few sessions where we start to explore the aims for the coaching.

People will often start with BIG goals that they want to achieve, a common one is “I want to improve my Leadership skills” which is huge.

My role is then to help people to clarify what they actually want or need and to break these BIG goals down into smaller, less scary and more manageable milestones.

Within the sessions we use a variety of lens to view these milestones through to understand what will help and what may hinder a person to achieve their goals.

These lenses might include values, beliefs (often self-limiting belief), mindsets that are no longer benefiting us and preferences.

When I started coaching, I had convinced myself that I would only be a good coach if I could help someone to completely transform their thinking and their life because of one conversation – it was a very evangelical view of coaching.

The longer that I’ve been coaching the more I’ve realised that the greatest joy can be found in smaller changes so this is where I focus my attention.

I believe that if you make a number of smaller changes then these small changes create momentum and positively impact a persons life in a really simple but important ways.

For example, I was working with someone who believed that they needed to keep on a certain path, treading water to achieve an arbitrary target that they had set themselves even though wasn’t making them happy.

We worked together to explore what was keeping them on that path and what life might look like if they told themselves that they’d actually done enough to close that chapter and move on to the things that would make them happy.

Just looking at things from a different viewpoint was enough to free this person and allow them to have the confidence that they had done what they originally set out to achieve.

They’re now planning their next chapter and I love that I get to see a real sense of liberation in them, all from one relatively simple discussion.

To book a free and confidential chemistry conversation contact Vic Johnson at victoria@greenjaygroup.co.uk.