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Coaching Enables Managers to become Leaders

Updated: May 29, 2021

There is an implicit long term thinking associated with doing the right thing. This involves making choices and considering the consequences, for which transformational leaders balance ably between ambition, ownership and competence. Leadership Coaching can help executives and managers in creating their playbooks for transformation. A playbook contains all the pieces and parts that define your approach for getting things done.

Management is about doing things right; Leadership is about doing the right things. PETER DRUCKER

Entrepreneurship is not the only qualification for business leadership. Individual contributors face the challenge when promoted to manager roles. The transition to leadership often involves a paradigm shift. Like from being a brick layer to an architect...from being a tactical expert to a strategist....and from solving problems to setting the agenda!

Large corporations and conservative organizations often make such transitions a little easier with robust control systems in place or playbooks with Standard Operating Procedures or Guidelines for every function at all levels of leadership!

While this may cramp the style a bit for headstrong leaders, playbooks provide a strong operating framework for every leader. According to Accenture, a playbook includes “process workflows, standard operating procedures, and cultural values that shape a consistent response—the play. A playbook reflects a plan; an approach or strategy defining predetermined responses worked out ahead of time.”

Coaching helps

Everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the mouth. - - MIKE TYSON

Business leaders too need endurance and resilience to deal with the punches thrown at them in their situations. Playbooks can help provide a gamut of methods, scenarios and responses to choose from. Coaching helps leaders develop their own playbooks to face myriad business and organizational challenges, without buckling under stress.

Change is hard to handle for most people. The best leaders and champions handle such demands on them by leaning on a Coach to help them navigate the journey of change. The Coach helps create the space for them to totally accept the situation, followed by an energetic exploration of new possibilities, and then the emergence of clarity for the way forward, while holding them accountable throughout to their commitment.

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