Interesting results of a study conducted by Stanford Graduate School of Busines.
Most CEOS omit or misconstrue the core coaching element that they need to grow their skills and effectiveness: Increased self-awareness, honest self-knowledge, about one’s motives, personality capacities and values. The consequences of this absence play out in ways that diminish the relevance of coaching in the eyes of most senior leaders. Self-awareness is crucial to leadership and it can be heightened through coaching. To explain why and how, consider the obvious but insufficient explanation for the paradox that CEOs want coaching but don’t pursue it. Stephen Miles, CEO of the Miles Group, that partnered with Stanford on the study, pointed out that to CEOs, “coaching is somehow “remedial” as opposed to something that enhances high performance, similar to how an elite athlete uses a coach.” Moreover, CEO’s say they’re most interested in such skills as conflict management and communication. Yet they put the need for compassion, relationship and persuasion skills far down on their list. They think of the latter as “soft skills,” ancillary at best.
source: Huffington Post
Criticism does not just have a negative and lasting impact when it comes to reviews of actors. The same impact is felt in the business world as well. How can leaders expect to get the best out of people when criticism permeates our business culture? There are ways to turn it around and it’s called “constructive direction”, a unique spin on getting your point across without being destructive.
Source: CBS News
Coaching is about “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” This is the essence of the relationship. I feel strongly that everyone has the answers inside them but a coach is frequently needed to ask the right questions to draw them out. Thats the special mentor-mentee relationship.
Source: Fox Business