Friday, September 7, 2012
Today’s health and human services executive positions can be lonely, high-stress jobs, where the executive has no peers within their organization they can share their fears and challenges. What I found evident from the recent Olympics was that individuals operating under high-stress benefit from proper coaching – but few executives act on this need in their own positions.
In my work with CEOs, I have found they often feel that having a coach is the admittance that they are not good enough to perform their jobs. The big lesson I take from athletes on the other hand, is that having a well-informed coach provides six key benefits:
Un-biased, yet safe performance feedback (see How Do Your Leadership Skills Measure Up? all members)
Problem-solving assistance (see What Keeps CEO’s Up at Night all members)
Assistance in acquiring new winning strategies (see Are You An Adaptable Leader? all members)
A motivator when professional energy is dissipating (see Short on Leadership Stamina? all members)
An observer that can point out resistance to change (see Don’t Just Sit There: Change! )
Being a sounding-board for bouncing off ideas, handling stress or seeking a balance between profession and personal life (see The Four CEO Worries all members)
The CEO position requires self-introspection, a consistent focus on improving skills, and the ability to communicate effectively with staff at all levels of the organization (see Communicate Like A Leader all members). A strong tool that can help executives achieve these skills is executive consultation – this can increase your ability to cope with change, develop better relationships with staff and clients, raise business acumen, and develop new strategies (see Using Coaching as a Management Tool: An Overview of Approaches Available to Behavioral Health & Social Service Organizations ).
A willingness to have an unbiased business partner, coach and personal advocate in their life is a strategy many executives should consider as a potential professional development. For a look into the leadership resources, join OPEN MINDS at The 2012 OPEN MINDS Executive Leadership Institute, September 12-14 in Gettysburg.
Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS
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