Five Reasons Why Leaders Need A Coach More Than Ever

Five Reasons Why Leaders Need A Coach More Than Ever

Written by: Xavier Preterit, Forbes Councils Member

French real-estate investor, Coach with ‘Business is my religion.’ My mission is to enable people to have access to financial security.


Generally, a coach can be useful in many areas. The role of a coach is to accompany and allow the person being coached to surpass themself and improve on their own. A sports coach will help athletes increase their performance; a life coach will help their client make their daily life healthier; and a dating coach will accompany their client in their quest for love. A business or leadership coach is no exception to the rule, and they are called upon by new leaders to support the leaders of today and tomorrow. Today, being coached as a leader is a lever that should not be overlooked. Why? Here are the main reasons.

1. Having A Quality Exchange

First of all, as a leader, having a coach gives you the opportunity to have a nourished and mutually beneficial exchange. Both the coach and the person being coached will be able to rely on their respective expertise and experience to think more concretely and be aligned with the objectives defined upstream. The approaches may be different but the quality of this exchange will be powerful because of its common direction: success.

Confronting one’s ideas with those of another person is always interesting and enriching. In addition, each person will be clear on the values that drive them and the involvement that they are ready to allocate to the success of their projects. Every leader is aware that sacrifice is a necessary thing, but who is capable of it? How to apprehend it, and in which situations is it essential? This is what the coach will help to determine, as well as the business strategy that will be best for the coached leader to adopt: during the exchange, it will be natural to talk about professional strategy and personal strategy. Once each of these strategies has been identified, the idea will be to connect them and see what resonance there is between the two, in order to build a more solid way of leading.

2. Expanding Horizons And Clarifying Goals

A coach will help the leader, regardless of this person’s level of experience, acquire all the essential keys that a leader needs in order to perform. One of these keys, and perhaps the first, is the ability to set clear goals that are consistent with the leader’s values and company vision. Thus, the coaching relationship that exists between the two parties will help clarify the envisioned future and the means to get there. By thinking about the goals, it will become more natural to pinpoint the necessary personal, as well as professional, resources. A leadership coach will thus help the leader broaden their vision and, above all, boost them to make it happen. It is a lever that will allow the leader to improve responsibly in their practice. Always in this same perspective of broadening the vision, this will allow the leader to take a step back on their limits, but also on the type of leadership exercised, and thus direct the coaching in a more specific direction.

3. Redefining Leadership, Or Taking A Step Back

As a leader, the day-to-day can quickly become overloaded with daily tasks and deadlines. The operational thus takes precedence over the vision and the strategy. You may find yourself working more in your business than on your business. Therefore, it is important not to get overwhelmed by the day-to-day, because the very heart of leadership is found elsewhere: in transmission and in collaboration. The coach will bring you this parenthesis, allowing you to take a step back for reflection, a step back on your everyday life to allow you to always remain in agreement with the initial goal. The quality of the transmission of your vision and the collaboration that you will be able to create with your teams will therefore be essential. Taking a step back is, therefore, necessary to have a clear view of the levers and the areas of improvement. Any team is made up of individuals with their own needs and wishes. What allows you to better accompany them in their tasks for tenfold results is your ability to transmit your vision and thus create common goals.

4. Learning The Importance Of Emotional Intelligence

A crucial point for developing leadership in a business is communication. To strengthen this aspect, the coaching is usually oriented toward learning emotional intelligence. The integration of emotional intelligence principles allows you to adopt a more benevolent attitude, centered on communication and the establishment of a healthy climate conducive to the growth of each person. Optimal communication naturally allows you to have all the tools in hand to easily manage conflicts and appease the discords that may exist within a work group. The mastery of emotional intelligence in the leader therefore cultivates both enthusiasm and performance. A leader who masters this art is thus able to inspire others to push them to surpass themselves. That’s why emotional intelligence is a skill that a coach will help you integrate into your daily practice. Self-awareness, self-regulation, social awareness and relationship management should no longer hold any secrets for you.

5. Becoming A Coach Yourself

Being coached is a formative experience. A leader who has benefited from the services of a coach, in addition to growing out of it, may even be able to transmit their experience to others. The coach is therefore a facilitator who allows you to have a different look at yourself, but also at your relationships with others. Renewing yourself as a leader is therefore essential to continue to constantly evolve. Being coached will be an asset for your team, which will then be better supported beyond the challenges it may encounter. So, are you convinced of the usefulness of being coached?

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March 31, 2022 at 05:28AM

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