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Authentic Leadership Coaching – What to Expect

This is a guide for Authentic Leaders who are interested in Authentic Leadership coaching. It will cover what to expect from your coach and what improvements you can expect.

What should you look for in an Authentic Leadership coach?

Authentic leadership coaches are different from other types of coaches in that they provide a unique perspective to the client. They help them identify their strengths and weaknesses and then give them the necessary tools to improve their performance.

The most effective authentic leadership coaches are those who are more rounded in terms of their qualifications and experiences. Authentic Leadership coaching has a psychological aspect that sits outside of the typical leadership coaching skillset.

Leadership coaches are often hired by executives, managers, and supervisors because they can provide a fresh perspective on leadership challenges that a leader may not be able to recognise or see for themselves.

What are the characteristics of an Authentic Leader?

An authentic leader is someone who is self-aware, self-reliant, and selfless. They have the ability to lead through their values and principles, which helps them connect with others on a deeper level.

Authentic leadership is about being true to oneself and others. It’s about living with integrity and honesty, being transparent, and showing vulnerability. Authentic leadership is about demonstrating authenticity in thought, word, and deed.

There are many different types of authentic leadership styles that will lead by example: servant-leadership, visionary-leadership, charismatic-leadership.

Authentic Leadership Coaching Programmes

The coaching journey starts with the leader defining their goals, setting the expectations, and agreeing on the terms of engagement. It continues with the coach guiding and supporting them through every step of the way until they reach their desired outcome.

There is no one size fits all when it comes to Authentic Leadership coaching programmes. Every leader is a unique, with a unique history, skill set and operational circumstances that will define the – start point, steps of progression, measuring improvements and adopting the newly learned skills as second nature – for their coaching programme.  

In some cases, this can be a relatively short process and is simply a matter of introducing an outside perspective to help the leader adapt their mindset. In other cases, this involves deconstructing why a leader acts, behaves, or believes in certain ways, which in the modern world, fall outside of the traits and qualities authentic leadership represents or requires.

What should you expect to gain from Authentic Leadership Coaching?  

Firstly, you should expect it to make you more confident in your abilities as a leader. Secondly, it will help you develop the skills that will make you more effective at work. Thirdly, it will make sure that the company’s values are embedded in everything that you do. Finally, it may also help with team building or conflict resolution between employees.

Authentic Leadership coaching modules

Whilst there is not a one size fits all coaching programme for authentic leadership, there are several modules that are almost always of benefit to leaders who want to improve their authentic leadership skills. Here are the 10 most sought coaching modules:

  1. Making the right ethical decisions for stakeholders.

The ethical decisions that a company makes can have a major impact on stakeholders. There are many decisions that have to be made and they all carry an ethical component. It is important to consider the interests of relevant stakeholders when making these decisions in order to protect their best interests.

  1. Developing active listening skills.

There are many benefits to developing active listening skills. It has been proven that there is a strong correlation between people who actively listen and those who have high self-esteem and confidence. Active listening is also important in leadership positions. By developing these skills, leaders can establish trust and make better decisions with the information they receive.

  1. Be aware of your own strengths, patterns, limitations.

The best thing you can do for yourself is to know your strengths, limitations and patterns. Keep a journal handy to track what works for you. The more knowledge you have about your patterns, the better prepared you’ll be to recognise when they start creeping in, so that you can change course before it’s too late.

  1. Allowing imperfections and not seeing them as a threat.

In today’s society, perfection is often viewed as the goal. And it’s usually pursued with a sense of urgency. But the truth is that life can be messy and unpredictable. And when we are constantly striving for perfection, we close off opportunities to learn and grow. It’s important to remember that imperfections are not always a threat; they are just another part of life.

  1. Being transparent and sharing information.

Transparency is one of the most important aspects of leadership. Often, leaders make the mistake of holding information close to the chest. This can lead to confusion and mistrust among followers. When one is transparent, they share information willingly and proactively with their employees and followers. Leaders who are transparent can expect more honest feedback from their employees rather than passive aggressive acts or gossiping in the break room.

  1. Doing the right thing ethically in a crisis.

As a leader, you or your company may be faced with difficult decisions that will have long-term consequences. The decisions you make could impact the lives of your employees and the people they serve. It is important to know what your personal values are before entering into a crisis situation.

  1. Being open to challenge.

Being open to challenge is a part of effective leadership. Leaders should be open to the idea that someone else may have a better solution. The ability to accept criticism is also a skill that leaders should master.

  1. Showing genuine concern.

Leaders in the workplace can see huge benefits from showing genuine concern for their employees. There is a big difference between an individual who is in charge of people and someone who simply has a job, but not power. A leader has control over people, budgets and policies that affect those below them in the hierarchy. Leaders are responsible for not only the outcome of their employees but also for their happiness and morale too.

  1. Admitting you don’t have all the answers.

One of the most important qualities of a leader is being able to admit when they’re wrong or don’t know something. This is essential for developing an atmosphere where people feel comfortable expressing themselves and their ideas.

  1. Accepting and using failure to improve.

The ability to accept and use failure as a means to improvement is an important leadership quality. One must learn to identify when a situation is a failure and define what went wrong in order to use the information to improve.

Sarah Jones Leadership Coaching and Authentic Leadership

I have personally overcome many challenges people face as they progress their careers on the path to becoming leaders. With over 25 years working in leadership positions within global organisations, I am ideally placed to help you find your authentic self.

If you are an aspiring leader of the future, an experienced leader or an organisation looking to expand the skillset of your leadership team, then please contact me to achieve your goals.

How can I help you?

I have a range of authentic leadership coaching programmes that are tailored to the needs of the individual, these will allow us to address together very specific challenges, which could include:

  • Emergencies
  • Making the right ethical decisions for stakeholders.
  • Developing active listening skills.
  • Aware of your own strengths, patterns, limitations.
  • Allowing imperfections and not seeing them as a threat.
  • Being transparent and sharing information.
  • Doing the right thing ethically in a crisis.
  • Being open to challenge.
  • Showing genuine concern.
  • Admitting you don’t have all the answers.
  • Accepting and using failure to learn.
  • Developing candour, compassion and empathy.
  • Being transparent and sharing information.

My training programmes start at only £279.00, but in order to recommend a coaching programme and provide you with a quote, we would first need to talk thorough the challenges you are facing, identify where I can help you and how long this is likely to take.

The first step in this process is by booking a free, no obligation call with me.

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Your first call is obligation free, confidential and completely free of charge

The next step in your development journey is getting a professional assessment on the what practical steps you can take to develop and improve your skill set, mindset and your prospects. 

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