As the debate gets more intense on what should go into the making of a good Leader , -- the Firm and the patrons of organizational and personal development are used to doing some really tough brainstorming.
Indeed ,amongst the various attributes one looks for in a modern day Leader , be it in the organizational realm or elsewhere, is his ability to Inspire and Motivate..and among the various hats that a good leader may be required to don at any time …is that of a good “Coach” .
A "Coach" by definition supports a learner , sometimes called a "Coachee", in achieving a specific personal or professional goal.
So what’s In It For The Leader To Become A Coach.. .
One would identify with a Leader , and stand motivated towards a
change or a level of achievement only if the Leader is able to
understand his / her situation exactly the way it stands. There are so
many out there to dole out advice and literature , but those who offer
to ‘be the Coach who walks the path with you’ are the ones who can genuinely inspire…because they are the ones who demonstrate the courage to do Action !
It is indeed pretty logical when said that partnering and collaboration are more gratifying than directing and controlling, and shared responsibility means the sphere of "influence" can be much broader for the Leader who is also a Coach !
There are so many who speak and speak well, but in performing his
responsibility, the Coach shall be the one who listens and listens
well with the intention to fully understand others rather than to
He is the one who believes that others are of immense value to
this Universe and to the Organization, and everyone has abundant
knowledge and wisdom to make meaningful contributions on their own.
The Coach Leaders shall portray the ability to be Unconditionally Honest
in-spite of their stature and are able to state the truth; they have a
high level of awareness of themselves and of their impact on others.
Their honesty enables them to get to the depth of any situation with
extreme clarity and without any prejudice or bias.
They develop trust by
letting others see them for who they really are, admitting their own
shortcomings and demonstrating genuine interest in other people.
These qualities allow them to completely embody
themselves the change that they wish to see in others…and thus enabling
others, visualize truly and clearly the world of achievement , change
and transformation !
Pause for a moment and read the excerpt from a story below from the life of Mahatma Gandhi, on Breaking the Sugar Habit –
A young boy had become obsessed with eating sugar. His mother was
very upset with this. She decided to take her son to see his idol –
Mahatma Gandhi; perhaps her son would listen to him.
One day, she
finally shared with Gandhi ji her predicament. Gandhiji listened to the
woman carefully, thought for a while and advised her to come back after two weeks when he would talk to her son.
The woman looked perplexed and wondered why had he not asked the boy to
stop eating sugar right away. Two weeks later they revisited Gandhi ji.
Gandhi looked directly at the boy and said, “Boy, you should stop eating sugar. It is not good for your health.”
He told him all about the harmful effects of too many sweets and the importance of stopping bad habits.
The boy nodded and promised he would not continue this habit any
longer. The boy’s mother was puzzled. She turned to Gandhi ji and asked,
“ Why didn’t you tell him that two weeks ago when I brought him here to see you?”
Gandhi ji smiled, “Mother, two weeks ago I was eating a lot of sugar myself.”
This simple story from the life of one of the greatest Coaches
and Leaders, the World has ever seen, and who has inspired and motivated
so many to transform from darkness to light- answers so many questions.
It is indeed a great testimony of how important it can be for a
Leader to be honest, humble and connect with another' s situation as
closely as possible…,and be able to Walk the Talk.,.. !
Thankyou for reading my post and I look forward to your valuable feedback and comments.
June ( 2015)
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