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What is Executive Leadership Coaching?

What is Executive Leadership Coaching?

You don’t overcome challenges by making them smaller but by making yourself bigger.” – John Maxwell

 

The road to mastery in any subject consists of three things: Knowledge, experience, and coaching. Think about it. How did you get a driver’s license? You had to take a written test (knowledge), log so many miles and time (experience), and had a parent or adult driver ride with you (coaching). Executive Leadership Coaching is collection of ongoing education in your field (knowledge), inspirational and experienced coaches (experience), and updated exercises and content for development (coaching).

 Certified Executive Leadership Coaching focuses on 5 areas of the leader: Soft Core Business Skills, Hard Core Business Skills, People Skills, Exemplary Leadership Behaviors, Exemplary Leadership Actions.

 

 

  1. Soft Core Business Skills:

Soft core business skills would include items such as being approachable, enthusiastic, having clear core values, etc. Executive leaders have a tremendous amount of responsibility, and the soft core business skills matter to be an exemplary leader.

  1. Hard Core Business Skills:

Hard core business skills include being a strong communicator, good at time-management, being a good steward, etc. The leaders that struggle with this the most are often nonprofit leaders, pastors of small to mid-size churches, and entrepreneurs in start-ups. These leaders are usually forced to carry a majority of the administrative work on top of their passion to serve in their respected fields. They may not have the resources to hire administrative assistants or lack the proper base-line education; but, many of these skills can be caught or taught through experience and education. Coaching provides a systematic approach to developing leaders to be efficient in hard core business skills.

 

  1. People Skills

General Montgomery defines leadership as, “The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.” Leadership is about people. Our people skills matter. People skills include empathy, people development, being helpful to others, trusting others to do their job, etc. Leaders might be really good with business, but struggle working and influencing others. A leader exists to invest, influence, and inspire others into action.

 

  1. Exemplary Leadership Behaviors

What qualities or behaviors do great leaders have in common? Exemplary leadership behaviors include: courage, integrity, humility, vision, etc. These are the type of qualities and behaviors we see written in core values. Great leaders start with their character. How can we expect these behaviors from others if we are not willing, or unable, to live them out ourselves? Executive Leadership Coaching will equip, empower, and encourage you to lead to your greatest potential.

 

  1. Exemplary Leadership Actions

Vince Lombardi Said, “Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” Our actions speak louder than words. I am a Christian, and the Bible says a similar message that faith without works (action) is dead (James 2:17). Great leaders are those who are made, developed, and act. Exemplary Leadership Actions include problem-solving, delegation, empowering others, being a learner, etc. We all have blind-spots, but great coaches help us prioritize and execute our goals.

 

Executive Leadership Coaching will tap into your greatest resource-YOU and your team. Coaching provides a collection of ongoing education in your field (knowledge), inspirational and experienced coaches (experience), and updated exercises and content for development (coaching). Leadership development is a journey, and our team of coaches are dedicated to equip, empower, and encourage you to live, lead, and succeed to your fullest potential. Contact us today to book a free session. Do not wait to invest in your leadership.

 

Written by Jonathan Rector

Executive Leadership Coach

Overcoming Fear: Discovering Your New Normal

Overcoming Fear: Discovering Your New Normal

J. Oswald Sanders in his book Spiritual Leadership writes,The person who sees the difficulties so clearly that he does not discern the possibilities cannot inspire a vision in others.

Do you see difficulties as possibilities? Most of the time I don’t! Fear is a powerful feeling, so I think it’s important to ask, “Why am I afraid?” Is it the fear of failure? Shame? Fear of not having control? Great leaders discover ways to push past fear, discover new possibilities, and inspire a vision in others!

I would lie if I told you I have found the secret to overcoming fear. I still get afraid. Taking risks is a major part of life and business, but we often fail taking the daring next step. There are a few ways that have helped me overcome my fear.

1. Faith. I am a Christian, and my faith gives me confidence and my identity. I believe faith plays a crucial role in our lives. I could not overcome my fears without the person and work of Jesus Christ in my life. You may not be a Christian or a person of faith, but in my experience, faith drives me to confidence in my decisions.

2. Mind Change. I had to (and still do) shift the way I see risks and challenges. I started to realize I was afraid of losing control (or the perception of control). I started to transform my thinking from failure to freedom. I created spaces in my environment to fail. I love what Michael Jordan said, “I don’t remember every win I had, but I do remember every loss.” I had to see my losses as opportunities to get better.

 

 

3. Accountability Team. This is so important. I have a team of people I do NOT work with that holds me accountable and motivates me. Fear is crippling, but when you have a small intentional community of people motivating you-you will move forward. This is why people hire coaches! They want someone who can directly invest in them, and motivate them to move forward.

4. Developing & Empowering Others. The greatest calling for the leader is to develop and empower others. One of the greatest ways to reduce fear in my life is to develop and empower others to lead. By developing and empowering others, I am naturally instilling trust to take new risks. Leadership is influence, and being a genuine leader means being vulnerable. It is okay to take risks, and moving past fear is often a team effort.

We all face fear in different ways, but it can leave us crippled. Don’t let fear control you. Find the root of your fear, and push forward! I continue to be stretched by my faith, creating mind change, having a strong accountability team, and developing and empowering others. Overcome your fear by seeing difficulties as possibilities. Give yourself space to fail, and grow from those challenges. Find your new normal by inspiring vision in others by leading past fear.

 

Written by Jonathan Rector

Executive Leadership Coach

Jon@coachrector.com