What does it take to move to the next level of success?
Every leader that I work with, no matter what level, tends to bump up against two major impediments that stand in the way of their future success.
Some leaders need to find a new level of confidence to take their career to the next level. It’s important that they learn how to advocate more strongly for their ideas and vision. This involves increasing leadership presence in an authentic way (ie.. not trying to look or be like someone else with great presence) and instead find what feels both powerful and natural for you. Almost always, it also involves learning how to have difficult conversations, with direct reports, peers and executives with in a clear and steadfast way. My clients find that they can learn how to do this by overcoming their conditioned tendencies under conflict, and then experience how to deliver these messages without feeling like they are bad, mean or uncaring. Using a combination of somatic coaching and assessment tools such as the True Tilt Professional Profile accelerate the process of building confidence and presence.
Other leaders have an overabundance of confidence and can leave a metaphorical path of death and destruction behind them. Just as with not having enough confidence, this also does not help leaders scale to the next level. You’re not really a leader if there is no one left to follow you! Again, tapping into their patterns or conditioned tendencies under stress helps uncover the issues on why these leaders tend to accelerate into anger too quickly and misread the subtle cues and situational dynamics that are in play in the moment. Somatic coaching based on mindfulness and martial arts is extremely helpful in these situations to help my clients maintain balance and center. In addition, assessments such as the Kolbe A index can help surface and difference in how people naturally move into action when they have the freedom to be themselves. This provides a new lens for leaders to see how they may or may not be motivating their teams the way they might need for maximum creativity and productivity. In addition, leaders often learn that what seems like an emotional or motivational issue, is just a mismatch in terms of natural instinct for action, which once there is awareness, is very easy to address.
Become a more inspired and compassionate leader.