As a three-time C-level executive, I have always put a high premium on the value of leadership. Forged by personal integrity, and melded by a keen awareness of who you are and what you stand for; leadership has come naturally for me. Once I came to the realization that my strongest professional asset was the ability to nurture and mentor others, everything else just fell into place!
I belong to a number of social networks. One in particular is focused on business. As I have developed relationships with members of this website; I have been amazed at the number of offers that I have received for professional and life coaching! The entire concept is as alien to me as Area 51. Why would I need somebody else to guide me through my professional endeavors, and more importantly my personal life?
The strongest character trait of a strong leader is self-confidence. It comes from making a great number of good decisions, but it is gilded by making an even greater number of bad decisions! As a leader, you seek wise counsel, weigh the pros and cons, and make the necessary decision. It is usually in a quiet moment, when you are all alone, that the answer comes! Confidence allows us to balance the tough decisions against the greater good of all that will affected. It is not easy; but with practice, it at least begins to come naturally.
This brings me back to the concept of coaching. How can an outsider possibly hope to wrap their arms around my entire existence, know me intimately, understand by business and personal lives completely, and provide me with the exact direction I need? I am all in favor of people making a living as they can, and I suppose a life coach might benefit some people out there. Yet, I struggle with the concept.
By the time an athlete reaches the professional level in his chosen sport, most coaches will tell you that coaching falls by the wayside! Instead, the role of manager is undertaken. The sports coach evaluates the strengths of who he has to work with, understands what motivates his players, has a keen insight into the strengths and weaknesses of his charges, and develops a strategy for victory. In short, the sports coach is a leader!
I have asked myself, where can I find a life coach similar to a sports coach? I found the perfect person to fill the job, and wish to share my findings with you! This person knows what inspires me. They understand my life goals and the definition of my happiness. They have weighed all of my strengths and weaknesses, and have plotted out the perfect course for me. The name of this brilliant coach is “me.”