What is Leadership?
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Why would anyone want to be led by you? The very first person that you lead in leadership is yourself. If you wouldn’t follow yourself, why would anyone else want to?
This site is devoted to ordinary people being effective leaders. It’s also devoted to outstanding persons being even more successful as leaders. My other site www.DrDarryl.com is about coaching generally.
At the DrDarryl.com site, the section on “Coaching” (3rd Menu button across the top) and the section on “Leadership Coaching” (7th Menu button) talk specifically about coaching overall and then about leadership in particular. This gives a sound introduction to both topics.
However, this site is about showing individuals how they can become a coach of leaders or a ‘leader-coach’. How can you as a manager or leader become an effective coach of your people? How can you grow and develop your people? How can you become a coach that becomes a “trusted advisor,” a “trusted collaborator” and a “confidential sounding board?” How can you then create a coaching culture that permeates down through your organisation?
Although leadership has been a topic of exploration for decades and much has been written about it and opinions vary, it is now true however, that coaching is a definite means of allowing individuals to be effective leaders and achieve their goal of being one’s best.
But what is a coach? A coach was originally a form of transport and first used around 1556.
It was defined as…“A coach transports a valued person from where they are to where they want to be”(Old Webster Dictionary).
In other words, coaching unlocks a person’s potential to maximise his or her own performance. It helps them learn (through self-discovery) rather than teaching them, mentoring them or just giving advice and instruction.
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It’s one thing to dream about how things can be different in your working life. It’s another thing to have the courage and the confidence to make them happen. Working with Darryl Cross gave me the courage and confidence to leave behind a career of twenty-eight years for a new challenge and a new industry. Darryl gave me the confidence to believe that I could transport my knowledge and skills into a new field and the courage to take that first step into the unknown. Working with Darryl became a life-changing experience as I regained the enthusiasm, the passion and the positive outlook I used to have. I feel like I have been given a new lease of life.
A genuine insight into the driving issues behind results orientated coaching with a personable and relaxed delivery are the attributes that make Darryl the most effective ‘business coach’ we have used. Whether one on one or team building, Darryl’s style is penetrating and logical. He makes it all too easy.