As leaders, we wear many hats. We provide direction, vision, and stability to our organizations. We serve as mentors to the next wave of executives, and carry the weight of responsibility to stakeholders when things don’t go according to plan.
Leadership can be a lonely place.
It’s for this reason that every leader should have a support system in place. In boxing, fighters have a “cornerman”, or a team of people that assist and support them during a fight to ensure they perform at the highest level possible. For leaders, a team of personal and professional coaches can provide that same level of support, empowering us to find work-life balance and more effectively lead our organizations.
It’s no great epiphany that what happens outside of the workplace affects how we function inside of it. Life coaches can help us set goals, improve our relationships, and remove obstacles to success in our day-to-day lives. Because the entire person matters, life coaches work to make all the pieces of your life fit together so you can excel in the areas most important to you.
Professional coaches provide similar assistance but, because we have leadership blind spots, these coaches focus on setting career-oriented goals and bolstering leadership skills development. By providing that outside perspective, professional coaches can help identify areas where growth is needed most and co-develop a strategy for improvement.
Finally, a financial coach is imperative when it comes to leading an organization with integrity and sound decision-making. After all, if we are financially unstable, we are more vulnerable to compromising our values and convictions for the sake of keeping our jobs. Not only that, but having a solid financial foundation reduces our stress and allows us to be wholly focused on our work rather than distracted by the numbers (or lack thereof) in our bank accounts.
It’s true that being in leadership is not for the faint of heart, however it’s never been said that we’re expected to navigate alone. Having professionals in your corner will provide the framework needed to shift your mindset and strengthen your efficacy as a leader. Want to learn more about professional coaching services? Contact us to find out how we can help you reach your fullest potential.
LaVada English is the CEO and Founder of Bright Places, Inc.. She holds an MBA in Human Resource Management and is a certified Intercultural development coach. In addition, LaVada holds several leadership and strategic people management certifications. The vision for better psychologically healthy work environments has driven LaVada to educate leaders and teams for over two decades.