Building committed partnerships, teams, and customers all comes down to trust. Leaders need to be self-aware and transparent, take risks, lead by example, and be held accountable. Leaders not only create a culture of openness, tolerance, flexibility, accountability, ownership and empowerment - they nurture it. People who choose to work in organizations rather than working on their own want an environment of support, trust, belonging and acknowledgement. It is the responsibility of leaders to create a positive environment.
In an organization or team of committed partnerships, the mantra is, “do the right thing for the right reason”. This becomes the standard of measurement to guide its values. In order to improve leadership skills and behaviors, emotional intelligence skills need to be practiced and repeated on a daily basis. A qualified and effective leadership coach can be an excellent resource when an individual is attempting a new skill or refining an old one. Coaching is viewed as an ongoing relationship focusing and assisting the leader in defining and clarifying their vision and future desired state. Coaching facilitates productive change in leaders by uncovering potential that might otherwise go untapped.
For example, many leaders believe it is important to be independent when it comes to their leadership behavior. They often feel as if they are showing weakness when asking for help. Such individuals often believe in the ideology that everyone succeeds or fails based on their own individual efforts and abilities. This approach of “individualism” when it comes to leadership development is often detrimental to the learning process. It lacks and limits insight that could otherwise facilitate relevant change. Coaching uses a process of inquiry and self-discovery that enables the leader to build a level of self-awareness and to take responsibility for self-improvement.
Coaching provides the leader with structure, support and feedback. It improves a leader’s ability to handle adversity and setbacks, enabling them to stay on track. To lead smarter not harder. Emotional intelligence coaching is an important component in leadership development. It helps individuals understand how their emotional and social behaviors influence others. It enhances their capacity to lead and influence. This will give the leader the edge needed to increase performance on many different levels, personally and professionally.
One only has to Google it to view hundreds of various definitions. A simple definition might be leadership is the art of motivating and positively influencing a group of people to act towards a common goal. As much as the “context of leadership” has changed, the actual “content of leadership“ has not changed much at all in the last three decades. The fundamental behaviors, actions, and practices of leaders remain constant. Hence, fair enough to say, for leaders and their teams to be successful, to generate success and sustain success, and to lead effectively, they need to model the way.