As leaders, our teammates are watching all aspects of who we are. In this Leadership Moment, Daniel explains how your self-leadership impacts your organization.
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I just had breakfast with one of my clients, the CEO of a global technology firm. For the past few years we have been working on two primary objectives: the further development of his leadership team, and his preparation for the next chapter of his professional life, as he will soon be retiring.
I am never sure who benefits more in my coaching relationships: the client, or me. I have been so fortunate to have coached some of the most amazing people. I am continually growing and learning from them as I coach them. I love what I get to do!
Something that my client said this morning really struck me. He told me that all he has ever wanted as a leader was to be known as a guy who did what he said he would do. As a matter of fact, he said this became really clear for him as he wrote his epitaph when creating his first Life Plan with me a few years back.
A few years back, I had the pleasure of coaching one of the most no-nonsense leaders I have ever met. He was known and respected in his organization for his directness and candor. He was a bit rough around the edges, but he had a heart of gold. I found him a bit intimidating at first, but now that I’ve gotten to know him I wouldn’t hesitate to go to him if I ever have a real need.
Over the years, I spent time with his leadership team and the thousand plus others that he led. Frequently they would comment on how they loved working with him because, while they may not always like what he had to say, they always knew where they stood.
This leader had all sorts of sayings that went perfectly with his personality. One of my favorites was “ I am leaning in on this one.” This meant that he was diving head first into the problem. He knew that business and life are filled with problems and challenges, which are just waiting to be solved and learned from.