What this says to me as an executive coach is that personal elements such as emotional maturity, career-life stage, personal and professional values and personality all play a very important role in effective and successful leadership and must be incorporated in a coaching program right alongside with organizational values, goals and needs.
Dr. Ron Jenson, a leading psychologist and author of Achieving Authentic Success suggests effective leaders live by five principles of success:
Keeping a balance of “who you are,” rather than what others build you up to be.
Ensuring that personal integrity or family is not sacrificed at the altar of business success.
Purchasing material things that enrich one’s life rather than simply filling up the garage.
Respect for your leadership position and using this to build up and support others and.
Building a life around long-term personal and professional impact and significance.
These success principles are what create authentic leaders, those individuals who can best be described as “the same people inside and out.”
In other words, there is congruency between their personal and professional values, their attitudes and their actions. This character centeredness enables them to live a balanced life, with strong personal mental health, selfconfidence and principle-centred values that they apply to both their personal and professional lives.
It doesn’t matter whether you work for a corporation, a not-for-profit organization, or even if you are self-employed. Your coaching programs must incorporate the ways and means to maximize personal leadership effectiveness that will result in a significant impact on professional performance and productivity. Let’s now examine some of the different elements of an effective coaching program that will satisfy these requirements.
Defining success: A good coaching program will help individuals understand why having a personal definition of success both from a personal and a professional perspective is important. This is next related to their career and personal success to date and compared to the principles of authentic success. As well, the discussion focuses around the importance of being firm in one’s belief and to assess and understand the influence of the media, one’s upbringing, peers and associates.
Defining one’s character: Power and success flow out of personal character, as evidenced by a person’s actions, reputation and personal attributes. A good coaching program helps individuals to focus on solidifying a positive attitude, integrating core values and absolute