The new year is often a time of natural reflection. If we’re fortunate, the holidays have provided us the space to decompress. The start of the new year often causes us to take stock in our current direction and assess if we’re making progress towards our broader goals, both in our personal lives and our careers.
Tamara, a senior HR executive was concerned. She had just received a call from an SVP, Alim. Alim was an influential leader. He opened the call with, “the coaching isn’t working. Jennifer behaved badly in a meeting. There have been several complaints.”
Great leaders make tough decisions and make them at the right time, no matter what individuals around those executives think they should do. Experienced executives tend to be better at timing their high impact decisions than inexperienced ones…
In the last article I explored how leaders can sometimes feel alone due to the nature of the decisions they make. Now I will look at a simple way to improve the quality of decisions.
I know that sounds odd. But it is often true. Leading any organization is not a popularity contest and sometimes leaders need to do things that really make them realize how alone they are. I feel this myself as a leader of our company.
When we think about the skills of an effective coach, many things come to mind: asking powerful questions, challenging, etc. These skills are honed through training and experience.
Great coaches help people meet their objectives, move forward and grow. People often think coaching is “psychology” or “getting into your head”. While having some ability in psychology is an asset, coaches are usually not trained psychologists.