Creating the conditions for achieving goals, engagement, happiness and high spirits in our teams often calls for a highly evolved and thoughtful leader, one who embraces and is accepting of strength in diversity and actively seeks to bring on people who are not formed in their own likeness.
Servant leaders consider themselves to be equals, not superiors, they are more relatable and humble. They teach and mentor those around them, and actively seek to learn from others. Servant leaders ensure that the differing and unique strengths of each team member are being sufficiently put into practice. Their objective is to help every individual continually grow and improve professionally.
The start of a new year is a time when we might consider the idea of bettering ourselves. For leaders giving consideration to improvements is particularly important for the sake of their own personal and professional development, and also for their teams and the business of which they are part. We might think about things like: how will I boost my chances of success, how will I inspire others or how will I steer the business towards greater success? It’s certainly not enough to simply ‘decide’ to better oneself in general terms.
Coaching for leaders is like coaching for elite athletes. Athletes know that to reach the top of their game they need to push themselves, challenging their know boundaries in order to improve performance. Being a leader, being responsible for others, is really no different because it is something to learn, to improve, to enhance – and, we can become smarter, more thoughtful, sharper leaders when we engage with executive coaching.
The concept of ‘balance’ is an ongoing and evolutionary debate. We’re constantly hearing that we should eat a balanced diet, accomplish a good work/life balance, move more in relation to a somewhat sedentary life and balance cardio vascular workouts with stretching and strengthening exercise … although, what does balance actually mean? The notion of ‘balance’ is an elusive concept.
The call for social skills in leadership (often referred to as 'soft' skills) and emotional intelligence (or ‘EQ’) isn’t anything new. You may not find these listed in the job spec, however more and more, companies are looking to recruit employees who can not only demonstrate outstanding expertise, but also collaborate and communicate on teams.
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