Yesterday I brought up the subject of leadership styles and I mentioned two types. The first type was the public opinion poll leader who was tossed back and forth based on the audience with which they were currently addressing. The second type of leader was the conviction based leader who new their stance and was unwavering in their resolve to run the course they had set before them. I had indicated my preference for the second type of leader.
I summarize this information because I think one of the best tools a convictional leader has in their tool box is mentoring or coaching. In other words, the best leaders have individuals in their lives who mentor or coach them to be better and more effective. The field in which the leader is working is irrelevant. Every professional golfer has a golf coach even though the professional plays better golf than the coach. The coach is able to see things the professional can’t and gives advise to make the professional better. Actors have acting coaches. CEO’s have business coaches and on and on the list can go. There are now even professional life coaches in the market place who are available for hire no matter what area of life is your specific niche.
My point in bring all up these mentors or coaches is because it is my fundamental belief we all need them. Some of these are professional with whom you pay a fee. Others are personal friends with whom you know are experts in a specific area and they are willing to mentor you in order for you to be a better leader in your context. I cannot express the value these mentors or coaches will have on your life. What I can say is their impact will be significantly more valuable to you than if you tried to do the work on your own.
The reason they so often add value is because we all wear blinders in life. We often do not see the entire picture and a coach is able to see or even sense things based on your conversations with them that will help guide and stir your course away from the rocks which will destroy your progress. To put it bluntly, life coaching makes you more productive because they see what you can’t. According to a Manchester Consulting Group study of Fortune 100 executives, the Economic Times reports “coaching resulted in a return on investment (ROI) of almost six times the program cost as well as a 77% improvement in relationships, 67% improvement in teamwork, 61% improvement in job satisfaction and 48% improvement in quality.” Additionally, a study of Fortune 500 telecommunications companies by MatrixGlobal found executive coaching resulted in a 529% ROI. The Chartered Institute of Personnel Development concludes “coaching is not just perceived as a nice-to-have intervention.”
If you do not have a mentor or coach, let me encourage you to get one. You will truly have increased productivity and well being in your life.