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You Were Created to Overcome Every Obstacle

You Were Created to Overcome Every Obstacle

Uncertainty is a fact of life. If we all knew what was going to happen next, the journey wouldn’t be half as much fun. But uncertainty, whether on a personal or professional level, can be stressful, and sometimes it’s important to recognize that we need a helping hand.

Coaching is a powerful tool in the face of uncertainty. People, businesses, and organizations have experienced the value that professional coaching can provide. The benefits are many - not just around individual performance, but organizational performance, too, with a positive impact on the bottom line.

As the coaching profession continues to grow and expand, you will start to see more and more information about the importance of credentials. There is a push for educating individuals and corporations in order for the profession to rise to achieve the highest standards. A coaching credential serves to communicate these standards with no uncertainty. This is valuable because it enables clients to feel secure in knowing that their credentialed coach brings credibility, training, experience, and excellence to the coaching relationship.

Although anyone can use the title executive or life coach, coaches can only receive accreditation from authorities such as the International Coach Federation or the International Association of Coaching. These and other accrediting associations offer hands-on training and classroom courses in core competencies and coaching ethics.

[Related: Three Benefits of Coaching for Those New to the Startup World]

Workplace coaching that creates a culture and engages teams for great performance.

Let’s look at the two types of leaders that we know of:

The manager, who loves to tell you what to do and how to do it. The manager is all about command and control, dictating and planning everybody’s tasks and time, and minimizing every form of risk.

The leader, who listens most of the time. A good leader is a curious observer, understanding challenges, problems, and issues, and asking insightful questions to help uncover a solution. Leaders are collaborative; they recognize skills and talent, and take risks by empowering team members to have a voice and come up with a plan.

A problem often leads to opportunities because they challenge us.

When faced with a problem, a manager will do one of the following:

  • Accept the status quo and go on about the problem.
  • Dwell and drown in the problem.
  • Blame others rather than take accountability for it.

If things aren’t working their way, they tend to have the mindset: If it’s not broken, why fix it?

The difference here is that leaders look at problems as opportunities to find a better way, to challenge the status quo. When this happens, teams and organizations have a better chance of moving past the problem, rather than get stuck on it.

Many leaders are natural coaches, because they see mentoring and developing others’ talents as part of their role. And while they are not usually trained to be a professional leadership coach, imagine what any organization could potentially create for their people and business if they were!

[Related: How to Cultivate Thriving Leaders]

You don’t need a title to be a leader.

Coaching is an essential tool for achieving business goals, and the only reason it’s not practiced enough is time. This is a detrimental mindset; most managers will think “I would rather do it myself because I know it will get done.” But without stepping away and giving others the opportunity, there can be no hope of fresh perspectives, new ideas, growth, and evolution, all of which are so critical to business success.

Leaders, on the other hand, are not insecure about things not being done "their way." Nor are they insecure or threatened by talented people – it tends to be in their nature to gravitate toward competent, capable people. When you give people a chance to shine, guess what? They step up. They put in the effort and show you their abilities. Leaders get a genuine thrill out of carving a path that allows others to shine, and will delight in another’s success.

Managers have their place because every business needs solid players as well as superstars. It’s all about understanding the difference between the two styles and utilizing them effectively. Either way, managers can benefit from coaching as much as leaders can – and using coaching tools and techniques will assist both to be on the same page.

For those leaders that want to become better leaders, investing time in learning more about coaching is highly beneficial. It helps to develop a culture of trust and solid relationships, as well as to help you tap into a greater connection with yourself.

Embrace strengths and weaknesses. The better you know yourself, the better your ability to relate fully to others. This has the greatest impact on your ability to lead.

[Related: 5 Ways to Influence Without Authority]

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Catherine Plano works one-on-one with women to help them reconnect with themselves. In 2012, she launched the I AM WOMAN Project, which is now a global weekly podcast where women from all over the world share their stories.


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