Being a leader can be a lonely place. Leadership is synonymous with strength and courage, so what happens when you need help? Isn’t that a sign of weakness?
The truth is: great leaders know that they can accomplish great things only with and through others, and they will make use of all the help they can get.
In your attempt to impress people in your new role, you might be too proud to ask for help. You are paid handsomely, so you feel that you have to do it all yourself to earn the money they give you.
But keep in mind what Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, said in an interview with Fortune. When he was asked to get an executive coach, he got irritated: “I am an established CEO, why would I need a coach?” However, he soon realized that getting a coach was one of the best pieces of advice he ever got.
You too would not be where you are if you were not smart and successful already, of course. But no matter how far you have come, there is always room to grow and improve.
Top athletes rely on coaches. Not because they are poor performers, but because they aspire to even greater things than they have already achieved. They know that a coach can help bring out the very best within them and utilize their full potential. They know just how valuable those coaches are, and they know that they could not have achieved world records without them.
What is so common in the world of sports is not so common in the corporate world yet though. Getting help is still perceived as weakness in many organizations. However, top executives just like Eric Schmidt are not afraid to get help. They have mentors or coaches to help them utilize more of their potential and accomplish even more.
There are lots of ways to get coaching – your company might have internal coaches to develop their top performers, you might only need coaching on a particularly challenging issue that you are experiencing. Or you might want to invest more strategically in a partner external to your organization who can help you not only transition into your new role, but prepare for your next one.
With a professional coach in your corner, you can ensure that you are ready to meet the challenges ahead and you will receive the support you need to get up to speed far quicker than you would without their input.
Being in a new role or organization can be isolating. You will benefit from having a confidential strategic partner who is focussed on your professional and personal growth during your transition. You will have someone who is uniquely positioned to help you navigate through the potential minefield ahead.
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to do it all by yourself, instead equip yourself with someone who can build your skills and confidence, so not only you excel in this role, but in your next one too.
May you hit the ground running and create the right impact using some help!
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