Bowes

Winnipeg Free Press - Section H - - CAREERS -

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

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