Wisdom of a Leader
Recently, one of my clients who is the principal-leader of staff and students in an elementary school, compiled a list of key ideas he has taught himself through the coaching process. John’s purpose was to share with his supervisor how coaching had influenced him professionally and personally.
John sent me a copy of the list as well. His list consisted of sixteen questions he has found valuable, as well as sixteen key concepts he has discovered, or re-discovered, through the coaching process. My first thought was, these are a true reflection of how this man leads, and lives his life. My second thought was, each of these would make a great chapter in his book that is waiting to be written!
With John’s permission, I am sharing five of his learnings in this article, because they are powerful ideas for each of us to consider as we lead in our various capacities in our varied lives. Whether you lead as a parent, a teacher, a volunteer in your community, a student leader in a student organization, within your spiritual community, or the CFO of your own company, John’s learnings have the potential to expand your thinking and actions as a leader. And isn’t that another thing great leaders do, share the wealth and enable others to learn and lead? Here is our gift from John.
A little shift, over time, makes a big difference.
Some issues cannot be solved, they must be managed.
I can’t give away what I don’t have; energy, confidence, trust, etc.
The leader doesn’t give the message; the leader is the message.
CREATE SPACE to think, to prepare, to listen, etc.
Here is something else I noticed about John’s list. Every item on his list refers to what HE can do, or be, not what someone else should do, or how they should be. Self-management is the invisible item written all over his thinking.
It’s tempting to expand on John’s ideas. However, the insight or motivation you might take from this will be unique to your situation. Expand on it in a way that makes a difference in your life and in the lives of those you serve and love.
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Recently, one of my clients who is the principal-leader of staff and students in an elementary school, compiled a list of key ideas he has taught himself through the coaching process. John’s purpose was to share with his supervisor how coaching had influenced him professionally and personally. John sent me a copy of the list as well. His list consisted of sixteen questions he has found valuable, as well as [...]
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