To enhance your life while developing your leadership charisma, it is vital that you never stop holistically improving yourself. To be a real teacher, you must be a learner first. As Phil Knight would say, “Life is growth. You grow, or you die.” The transcending leaders leave their path in good condition for others to follow. They are distributors of unity, faith, hope, inspiration, and empathy. They push us beyond our comfort zone into our growth zone while empowering us to do more than we ever thought we could do.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are an outstanding coach and leader! Most people are good at evaluating the obvious. The exceptional leaders will look beneath the surface and see what others do not see. They possess the wisdom and courage to look beyond the obvious.
Your task as a leader is to help people replace their negative mindset with a positive mindset. Problem-solving is the essence of what leaders exist to do. Throwing money at a problem in today’s ever-changing disruptive and competitive landscape is not a practical and sustainable strategy.
We all wear an invisible sign that says make me feel important. Whichever industry you are in, you are in the people business. You are more than just a coach or educator. Your work as a leader is about changing lives. You are in the business of unleashing the vast potential of each team member.
A vital part of coaching and leading is managing your team’s attitude, behavior, and performance. Too often, leaders attempt to change the way their team acts without changing the way they think. As a result, they get compliance but not commitment. Involvement but not investment. Progress but not lasting, sustainable performance.
May the following coaching lessons I have acquired over my years inspire you to look beyond what is into what can be as you empower those you lead with grace, enthusiasm, gratitude, and humility.
- Leaders must learn to allow their team to discover who they are.
- It is not what you know, it is what you can get your team to “Believe In.”
- Asking your team where they want to be five years from now, might be the most important question you will ever ask them.
- Leave no conflicts unresolved.
- Those you lead need to hear how valuable they are to the team.
- Your voice is a weapon. You must learn how to use your voice effectively and efficiently.
- The challenge is to get your team to believe in their roles. To master their role while becoming a valuable asset and star in their role.
- Your team leaders have to be willing to help you build a genuine connection and camaraderie amongst one other.
- People are in constant evolution. The person you meet today will be different tomorrow.
- A large part of coaching and leadership comes down to solving the team’s problems.
- Do not let a day go by when you do not ask individual team members one or two probing questions that stimulate growth and discovery.
- The relationship between the team and leader is more important today than at any time in the history of our industries and institutions.
- Some team members will require you to sell them every day. It is all about capturing the hearts, minds, and commitment of those you lead.
- Few of us have the same motives, at the same time, or with the same priority. This puts a lot of coaches and their teams in a potential conflict every day.
- Create a culture of growth and development where your team is empowered to voice their ideas and insights. The team becomes what the group will settle for.
- Coaching is winning your team over into new ways of thinking.
- Never take for granted the roles on your team. Roles are always evolving. They can change by the minute, day, week, month and year.
- Change requires new ways of thinking, doing and learning.
- Leverage and creatively use technology to improve the quality of your instruction and relationships.