Distinctions for Coaching Leaders
COACHING LEADERS IS, IN MANY WAYS, different from coaching everyone else; and yet, in many ways, it is much the same. Leaders are, after all, human beings first and foremost. What’s different is the special pressure of being “in charge,” ultimately responsible for people and results, which means they are “on” all the time, under constant scrutiny, subject to endless second-guessing and their own impossibly high standards. In my work with leaders in a variety of organizations, I find that most of them struggle with the same issues of managing themselves, characterized by the set of distinctions examined here. Readers beware: There are no easy answers, only thoughts and ideas, and of course, more questions.
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