As a leader, do you truly have the courage to take responsibility? Do you have the courage to change behaviors to be effective?
During many coaching sessions, clients discuss their challenges and responsibilities as leaders. Some are quick to recognize their ineffective behaviors and others focus on ineffective behaviors of their employees. Courage begins with leaders being willing to be self-reflective to identify behaviors that are productive and unproductive. The next step is taking responsibility of these behaviors and having the courage to make necessary changes.
Courage is letting go of the known of the comfort zone or status quo, asking difficult questions, responding honestly, and attempting a change. It may be honoring scheduled times with direct reports, delegating, listening, and allowing employees to find solutions. It is having the courage to step out of your comfort zone to effectively lead and inspire others.
I coached a client who was hesitant about scheduling one-on-one meetings twice a month with each direct report. The client felt since daily impromptu check-ins were taking place, regularly scheduled one-on-ones were unnecessary. Through further discussion with the client, the client agreed to schedule one-on-one meetings over the next two weeks. During our next coaching call, the client shared how valuable the one-on-ones were for her as the manager and the direct reports. The 2-way discussions were personable, direct reports shared their specific progress and challenges, and the client/manager was able to truly begin to partner with each of the direct reports.
The power of courage can truly be transformational!
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams