This is part two of a two-part recording where I sit with several coaches that participated in a recent Emerging Leaders program that I create and facilitate. These are seasoned leaders, hand selected by the organization to help coach assigned participants throughout the entire duration of the program. You'll hear perspectives around the importance of people development, different approaches, timing, etc.
If you haven't listened to the previous episode, episode 84, I would encourage you to listen to that one first as this episode dovetails on that conversation where I sit with participants, a.k.a., emerging leaders who went through the program and shared their leadership development journey. Below are key takeaways from the coach’s perspective.
- There’s a misconception that leadership is about having direct reports; it’s really about your ability to influence and coach
- Leadership skills are developed and cultivated. No one is born a natural leader
- Coaches and mentors are also on a continuous learning journey
- There’s tremendous value in have a cross-section of employees in a leadership development program. The varied perspectives from people in different roles is priceless
- If you’re going to build a leadership development program, make it an imperative to have seasoned leaders be part of the program to help shape and mold the next set of future leaders