Coaching Leaders requires that a coach has a multi focus lens. There are two concerns in the world of business that coaches have to keep in mind: (1) Finding the right leaders who can deal with (2) organizational competitive edge at different levels.
The first concern is around the choice of leaders that align with organizational strategy, and the second is how they zoom in at different levels. With the first, a coach makes sure they have the strategic level competencies. The leader has to understand the structure and work with it in terms of vision, mission and strategy. Coaching leaders has to consider at this level the long distant lenses of an eagle eye.
with the second, a coach supports their personal abilities at different levels of leadership. That means a coach has to see it all in detail and be able to zoom in with the leader and zoom out accordingly. These are skills at the implementation level and demand creativity. Coaching leaders is not a one at a time task. There is no such thing as one issue on the table. Coaching leaders deals simultaneously with all levels in one session. That includes personal, interpersonal, management and strategic leadership. In doing so, they encourage agency which leads eventually to the competitive edge – our second business concerned above. While executive coaching deals with strategic levels, Coaching Leaders deals with performance, culture and communication at all levels.
This creates a need to balance between structure and agency in leadership through coaching. While a leader could be restricted in terms of structure and the resources available, coaching leadership creatively will balance this out. Coaching here would mean unlocking a leader’s mindset towards new and innovative ideas and solutions for implementation. In essence, a coach will support leaders’ awareness of the resources necessary to initiate and implement change (agency). They will also support them in keeping an eagle eye on the vision and performance goals (structure).
To conclude, coaching leadership encourages agency, adds value, and transmits coaching skills to leaders. On the other hand, a coach also encourages an eagle eye view over strategy, culture and performance to support structure and alignment. Coaching Leaders requires that a coach be that eagle at all times.
At Fanar Dr Ghada Angawi coaches leadership to address these two concerns. For more information please speak to Ghadah