Are YOU the Source of the Problem?

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One of my coaching clients is looking for a new job. The client’s company is paying for coaching services while the client’s boss is simultaneously doing everything he can to confuse, disconnect and disengage his staff.
The client did not intend to use coaching as a career change. Once I introduced language about boundaries and tolerations, however, the client realized the extent to which the current environment is toxic and actually working against performing at higher levels. It appears the one who needs coaching is the boss, who – sadly – appears to be blind to the consequences of his behavior.
A recent study (updated to 2022) led by the Center for Leadership Development found that “nearly 66 percent of CEOs do not receive coaching or leadership advice from outside consultants or coaches, while 100 percent stated they are receptive to making changes based on feedback.”
Why the gap? Paradoxically, the absence of objective, outside perspective leaves that 66% in the dark about the fact that they NEED coaching or advice from an objective, outside resource!
So if you’re reading this and thinking, “I’m fine, I don’t need a coach…” notice that you may be living in your own blind spot. Do your direct reports agree with your assessment? More pointedly, have you created an environment in which they would feel safe telling you the truth?
If you are possibly a toleration to your team(s) or suspect you are delivering less than your best performance, you need to invest in coaching. To explore coaching – before you start losing good people – visit my website to schedule a no-obligation Leadership Strategy Session

Create Connection. Lead Well. Be Happy.

Remember, Leadership is not about a title: Anyone can be a leader who is powerfully self-aware and courageous enough to seek feedback.
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