Dr. Rita's Blog
I love coaching leaders! They have talents, skills and perspectives that our world desperately needs more of. Working with them as they build their confidence, trust more in who they are and make bigger impacts in their organizations is fulfilling work. Every day I am in awe of their courage and commitment.
Getting to the next level
When I started my business, over 20 years ago, leaders really didn’t know what coaching was. Today coaching is recognized as one of the most effective ways for leaders to grow to their next level of contribution and performance; especially in fast paced organizations experiencing constant change.
Now is the time of year many organizations budget for 2020. I want you to have a first-hand look at the power of leadership coaching so if coaching is a development opportunity of interest to you, you’ll have time to get a line item in your budget.
Recently I asked a leader that I am coaching if she would write an article for this newsletter so that readers would have an inside look at what’s possible when participating in a coaching relationship as an avenue for growth and development.
She gladly agreed. The leader is Kirsty R. Boyd. She is Director of Improvement, Design and Innovation at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. The hospital is located in the Boston, Massachusetts area and is affiliated with Harvard Medical School.
Here is what she said.
So much more
I entered into this coaching thinking specifically about how I could be more effective in my current role and at the same time begin thinking about what my next role could be. In retrospect, this journey has been about so much more than that – I have learned so much more about myself and also about others that I work with.
Some of what I have learned:
Doing less and only engaging in the right things was hard, but I am slowly but surely realizing that this is giving me more time to think and to contribute in a truly constructive way. The times that I have had the greatest success are when I have ”done” the least.
There is a lot still to work on, and there always will be!
I know that I can get in my own way
I have loved walking through all the activities my coach and I have done together. For the last couple of months, though, I felt like I got stuck on one key activity, the question, “What is my ideal role?” Working with a coach has been so valuable in emphasizing the value of sitting with this and knowing that the answer will emerge (hard for a do-er!).
Sure enough, I am realizing now that my ideal role isn’t written in a job description anywhere. There is no job posting out there that outlines how I will spend my days. But in many ways, that is the beauty of working toward creating the role that you love and that only you can do.
Thank you, Kirsty for your vulnerability, your openness and your willingness to share the insights of your coaching experience. You are a joy to work with! Your ability to see the big picture – and your courage to speak up – combined with the wisdom you bring to the table, are inspiring.
My hope in sharing Kirsty’s words is that they have given you some ideas for what you can do to get to your next level of leadership and that you are not alone. We need more of your perspective and voice, too.
If you’d like to know more about how leadership coaching could be helpful to you, please reach out. I’d be delighted to chat with you. 612-598-6614 or Rita@wiseleader.net
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