In my previous post, 4 lessons learned from a year in the director’s chair, I referenced the book “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful!” to make the point it was time to adjust my leadership approach now that I sit in the director’s chair. I took my own advice. I had never hired a leadership coach before. How would continuing to not hire a leadership coach get me to where I wanted to go? Where did I want to go? Why?
I initially struggled with the idea of hiring a leadership coach. Silly reasons like, “I can figure this out on my own…”, “What can a leadership coach tell me that mentors can’t…”, “I don’t want to pay for coaching…” and more got in the way of me making one of the best personal and professional investments in recents years.
I’ll tell you, hiring a leadership coach is not for the weak. There is hard work involved in every, single, session! There may even be times you spend nearly the whole session in tears because you have had a major break through and you are pushed to sit with the emotion – something you are not naturally good at doing! Leadership coaching is about making transformational, intentional decisions that lead to exponential pay offs. You can’t half-ass this and expect to get your money’s worth out of it.
In case you are where I was just a short while ago, creating every excuse under the sun NOT to hire a leadership coach, here’s a list of 6 reasons why you are making the correct choice:
- You enjoy the frustration of not moving forward; personally or professionally
- You don’t think you should have to invest your own money into your own development.
- There is no way you can fit in an hour a week or every two weeks to focus on you.
- You think the more mud in your field of view, the better! (and have no desire to become clearer in your purpose).
- Values, schmalues. Whose needs those!
- Oh! and you absolutely LOVE your inner critic. There is no way you are about to pay money to someone who can teach you how to quiet the voice of your beloved critic.
Of course I am being sarcastic with the list above. I am grateful I decided my personal and professional development mattered enough to embark on this journey.
There are several leadership coaches out there. I have chosen to work with Dr. Keith Edwards. His holistic approach challenges me to think about all aspects of my life, live true to my values and has been exactly what I needed at this point in time. I have friends who have also worked with Dr. Edwards who share in my high level of satisfaction with his work as a leadership coach.
A few things to note when choosing a coach:
- Fit matters! You need a coach whose style and approach work well with you and your goals.
- As my coach says, he is the best friend I’ll ever pay for! Meaning, I don’t have to work for the relationship. This relationship is strictly one-sided and I get to be incredibly selfish about it. After all, he and agreed this is all about me! This type of agreement is not something you get with supervisors, mentors, and/or sponsors.
- It. Is. Worth. Every. Penny!
Best of luck as you make the decision to invest in your development. I hope you’ll check out my coach as a potential option for you. He offers a free sample session to test the idea of leadership coaching and fit before you commit. If he’s not the one for you, I hope you find a perfect fit.
You are worth it!