What if you don’t feel like you were born with leadership qualities? And don’t know how to be a leader or develop leadership? Yet, you are thrust into a leadership position anyway?
Or maybe you have great entrepreneurial instincts and skills so you have this business that is taking off… Yet, to take it to the next level, you must learn how to be a leader to your team.
Can you develop leadership skills?
While leadership qualities may not be innate, one can almost always improve leadership skills.
On the other hand, developing leadership skills can be hard to do on your own. A life coach or success coach is someone who can help you identify your strongest leadership qualities (and most entrepreneurs have at least a few) and where you need to improve your leadership skills as well.
How can a life coach or success coach help you be a better leader and develop leadership?
Here are four simple steps most will help you take to get you started on the road so you can develop leadership and become the leader you know you can – or need to – be:
One of the first things a life coach or success coach will likely help you do, is take stock of your starting point – your leadership baseline.
What leadership traits do you naturally have or exhibit? Where are you strong in leadership skills? Where are you weak?
Often, this may include simple tests or skill assessments. Perhaps, it will just be a focused conversation. Regardless, this will help you to identify what it is you need to do, specifically, to develop leadership – to improve your leadership – in a clear and concise manner.
Sadly, more people spend time ruminating on their lack of ability to lead as opposed to taking action. This costs time which inherently takes away from productivity, A life coach or success coach can help you look back without staying there, evaluate the present without dwelling on it so that you can begin to make forward strides toward positive goals.
Second, a life or success coach will help you get organized.
Getting organized is an important step in the process because a lack of organization can keep you unfocused and scattered. Neither of which empowers you to be productive in moving forward either.
Disorganization has a way of keeping us stuck and immobile. Since the next step in your leadership development requires quite a bit of mobility to actually start achieving goals toward your objective and mission, removing any and all blockages to this progress is vital.
Next, your coach will help you design a plan for developing – or improving – the leadership skills you identified as needing work in step one.
The plan should be fairly easy to begin with—things you can implement or integrate easily. For example, learning to listen better to your team members. This leads to really being “present” when you are holding or attending meetings. Seeking to understand and empathize with your team shows a genuine concern about their ideas, needs, and desires.
Finally, your life coach – or success coach – will assist you in evaluating your progress.
After all, all the other steps are in vain if a leader cannot be productive in advancing his or her objectives and goals. Likewise, your life coach or success coach will help you create additional action items or steps to take to keep moving along the road in your plan. The continued goal, of course, being to improve your leadership skills as quickly and easily – and as much – as possible so that you can continue to achieve the outcomes you desire.
When all is said and done, your ability to become a better leader – to develop leadership skills – will always lie in your hands. However, we all need a little help now and again. A life coach or success coach might be just the catalyst you need to go from good… to great.