Coaching leadership in changing times
The ‘House of Balance’ recognised that coaching institutes needed to adapt their coaching methods and pay more attention to the new challenges faced by executives, corporate CEOs, and high-performing leaders.
Among the new challenges leaders face today:
Information overload. Leaders get hundreds of emails a day and need to efficiently sort through what items they should be paying attention to and how much attention to give them.
Multitasking. Many “experts” think that people can’t multitask, but multitasking is a critical skill for today and tomorrow. Leaders need to be intentional about how they direct their attention to focus on the most important and appropriate things within their roles.
Leaders must challenge themselves. The way to challenge yourself is to lean into the places you don’t understand or feel comfortable in. It’s like a muscle you have to keep developing.
Listening from multiple perspectives. A skill that builds on empathy, one of the key elements of emotional intelligence. Once honed, it can catapult a leader’s ability to lead with impact and influence.
Trusting their subordinates. Leaders must learn to measure performance on outcome rather than hours worked. Relationship management and collaboration will be central to how organizations operate in the future.
In the future, leadership coaching will move from explaining to experiencing. Leadership individualisation will drive breakthrough thinking and new information based on what experience the executive needs to achieve new patterns of action.
“Everyone is capable of being a leader, and leadership begins with leading oneself.”
Future leadership trends you can’t ignore
Employee engagement is now employee experience
People expect and want different feedback processes
Content-heavy training that doesn’t focus on processes and is not too individual
The environment has changed—it is more complex, volatile, and unpredictable
High potential leaders recognised data is king and the importance of using it effectively
The skills needed for leadership have also changed, they have become more complex and adaptive-thinking abilities are needed
Finally, future leaders understand the value of their commitment. Their reputation precedes them and a failure to meet a commitment breaks their premium goal of keeping a perfect record of success.