Research shows that we are likely to interrupt another person on average every seventeen seconds before interrupting or interjecting our own ideas. If we are not interrupting another person we may be busy defending ourselves or fighting to be heard.
Leadership presence is both convincing and reassuring for those who experience a person who can light up a room by just being there, present an inspiring speech or simply make a person feel really heard for the first time.
So much of coaching is about helping people to deal with the effects of toxic leadership. Those who have experienced a toxic corporate culture at its worst, know what one looks like and the inevitable role of the toxic leader.
An authentic leader who lacks hubris, has greater humility, has the potential to increase employee morale and is closer to the ideal of the sort of leadership modelled by Ghandi, Mandela, or more recently, Obama.
Another emerging leader in the new leadership paradigm of the 21st Century is the nerd otherwise known as the creative. Nerds often start professional life as technical specialists or people with a particular passion for an idea or a product.
Do we know what we are looking for in a coach when we meet with him or her for the first time? How can we tell if a coach is a good match for us? What are the characteristics to look for in an effective coach?
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