What does a good leader look like?

I believe that coaching best transforms leadership when it enables a person to be the leader that they want to be rather than the leader that they think they should be.

If we think about what types of images the word ‘leadership’ conjures then it’s often very stereotypical people:

  • Corporate
  • Brash
  • Confident
  • Extrovert
  • Commercial

In reality leaders are sometimes these things but more often, in my experience they are:

  • Creative
  • Innovative
  • Softly spoken
  • Nurturing
  • Compassionate
  • Introverted

And if the second group of people try to emulate the behaviours of the caricature leadership style then it can cause stress, discontentment and feels inauthentic.

I believe that my role is to help leaders to feel comfortable in their own skin, leading on their own terms in a way that is beneficial to both themselves and their organisation.

It is for this reason that I fit naturally into the role of ‘cheerleader’ to my clients and see that the greatest transformations occur when my coachees also believe in their own potential.

For me, the key to coaching transforming leadership is that it removes internal barriers and allows a person to step into their full potential without the quiet self-doubt that often accompanies individuals in leadership positions.

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