Exactly a hundred years ago, Albert Einstein revolutionized the way scientists think about space and time, revealing that they are more flexible than we think. So if time is flexible, can we slow things down? How can we create more time and spaciousness for ourselves, when our crazy busy way of life mitigates against this?
Instead of the 150 mph rush, which in the end leaves us exhausted and unfulfilled, why not make a conscious decision to just SLOW down? The stress, swirl and strife that hurt performance and fuel conflict in the workplace could be tempered by a simple shift in pace. Paradoxically, going SLOW can actually make you more productive and creative, and able to achieve more with less struggle. Read more
I’m not saying Leadership is Easy! It is probably the most complicated and challenging role in your life.
But to be an effective leader, who mobilizes people and delivers great results, you have to have a certain awareness of what you are doing, why you are doing it, and which kinds of leadership behaviors are more effective than others.
Hard-working, high-achieving people are often rewarded with promotion and positions of leadership. But often, their motivation, drive, and competence, prove to be counter-productive. Used to meeting their own high standards, excelling in their own expertise, and rising to challenges, they just dig in and work more furiously as more responsibility and demands are thrown their way.
You are smart. You are a leader. So you should be able to figure it all out, right?
But a coach helps you with things you can’t easily do yourself.
For example, an executive coach, working with you individually:
Clients in my leadership coaching practice have asked me: “Which business or political leaders should I model myself on so I can develop myself more fully as a leader? What should I read?”
The answer is a complex one. There are hundreds of inspiring and admirable leaders, from today and throughout the ages, from whom we can learn valuable lessons. And there are dozens of books, articles and blogs (such as this one!) written by eminent academics, former practitioners and self-proclaimed experts, offering tips, tools, philosophies and programs to enhance the effectiveness, productivity and performance of leaders.