Leadership and Leadership Coaching
We make a distinction between 'leaders', who may be in a particular position of power or authority in an organization, and 'leadership', which may be demonstrated at any level in the organization, when someone steps up and takes responsibility.
As a team member it takes courage to step forward; as a leader it takes humility to listen to those around us who may not have our level of authority but may have the particular expertise, knowledge or experience required in the moment.
Our definition of leadership encompasses personal, team, and business leadership, and leadership within society.
Leadership coaching is delivered inside of a committed partnership founded on trust, collaboration and integrity. It leverages the unique talents and strengths of the individual to support the creation of strategies for personal and organizational growth with a focus on performance.
The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines professional coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaching honors the client as the expert in his/her life and work and believes that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach's responsibility is to:
- Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve;
- Encourage client self-discovery;
- Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies; and
- Hold the client responsible and accountable
Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customize their approach to individual client needs. They seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client; they believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful. The coach's job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has.