Coaching for Growth - a partnership of 'good faith'
I embrace the belief that leadership moments exist for us everyday, no matter what our role or postion in our professional lives. Leadership is not reserved for the elite, everybody can lead, anytime and anywhere. Leadership is an actviity of influence and its not the sole responsibility of just a few people at the top of organisations. My purpose as a coach is to discover and foster leadership in unexpected places, to encourage distributed leadership and to coax it to flourish across organisations. Drawing on the words and wisdom of Dr Simon Western (2012), "To be the best leader (and the best human being I can be), I must live and work from a place of good faith". For me this means to live and work with authenticity, values, courage and integrity.
My coaching partnerships are works of good faith and I coach clients to work in good faith as they take up their leadership roles, by focusing on self-knowledge, and helping them courageously embrace difficulties, as well as celebrate success, so that they lead with authenticity and grounded confidence.
Coaching for professional development is not merely about ticking the box to gain news skills or to attain your next promotion (though for some this is often the outcome). Rather, IMHO it is a growth process, best served via the metaphor of a marathon rather than a sprint. I know from my owm experience that the partnership I have cultivated with my own coach has suported me to grow, mature and build my capability. He has suported me to find new ways of being.
In this blog post I discuss Bruce Mau’s ‘An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth’, and how I find many of the ideas useful. Particularly when I think about my own leadership practice and development and the role I have coaching and supporting others in theirs.
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