Why I adopted Coaching as a route to Leadership Development ?

(‘Justplainandsimple™ Coaching and Leadership Crucibles’)

….. also, a good Leadership Behavior/Style to have !!

Over years, as a student of Coaching and Leadership, I observed and experienced many leadership styles. The spectrum has those with total ‘uninterested abdication’ to the highly pushy and aggressive varieties. While the former just ‘let go’, the latter have various shades of ‘push’. Either of these leave a lot to be desired.

Even the widely professed ‘Situational Leadership Influence Behaviours’, to have real positive effect, have to first pass the test of ‘genuine intentionality’ as a necessary condition. However, Leadership behaviour very often ends up becoming disguised ‘manipulation’ and a euphemism for ‘push, directing, fear, coercion, ordering’. I have known Leaders who are aware of and openly accept and acknowledge that Leadership Assessment Tools have shown them to be ‘Destructive Personalities’ and still live happily with that knowledge !!

True Leadership, by definition, should have ‘willful following’ and basic elements of ‘genuine intentionality’ and ‘influence’ are necessary conditions. The interface has no ‘force’ or ‘impact’ but a very smooth ‘flow of thought and energies’….. with Purity, Beauty and Grace ….. and mind you, this requires a lot more Inner Strength and Maturity.

The Leader has to first develop his/her own self and be already operating from a ‘higher self’ for anyone else to come and willfully ask for a ride or seek to be a fellow traveler in this journey of life. Jim Collins says, “Level 5 Leadership builds enduring greatness through a paradoxical blend of personal humility & professional will”. These are the qualities that lead to the development of a ‘Servant Leader’. Leadership has a Spirituality about it. Leaders are meant to help others become the people God created them to be. In other words, to help others become who they are meant to be, to fulfill their unique purpose here on planet Earth. .

The engulfing of both the Leader and Follower in A Wave of Smooth Energy Flow can be a very healthy, effective and efficient process. There is a Harmonious Influence of Energy Fields. No one forces or tells anyone to do anything. Both ‘genuine intentionality’ and ‘influence’ operate out of ‘Free Will’ leading to ‘Successful Outcomes’ that are a lot more enduring and lasting.

Coaching, as a process for Leadership Development, allows the Coach and Coachee to have a Graceful Rythmic Dance in a Positive Energy Field !! No pushing, no coercion, no directing, no ‘absent mindedness’, no persuasion ….. Justplainandsimple™ Helping Realise Potential by partnering to enable development of self owned, fully acceptable solutions and plans.

As per Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, “Spirituality is ingrained in the Indian polity. Since ancient times rajgurus have guided & counselled rulers & in turn rulers have supported religious & spiritual leaders. Rama’s guru was Vasishtha & Krishna’s guru was Sandipani. Jainism & Budhism flourished under the patronage of the rulers of their time. Shivaji gave patronage to Samarth Ramdas.”

Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow ~ Vince Lombardi, Legendary Football Coach

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4 thoughts on “Why I adopted Coaching as a route to Leadership Development ?

  1. sudarshan singh malhotra

    A fully analysed and researched article on coaching as a route to leadership development.
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  2. Krishna

    I wonder how many leaders genuinely sign up for coaching team members inherently when they assume leadership positions.. Even if they do it is more ad hoc than we’ll defined process.. Thanks for this insight

  3. Dr Kapil Gandhi

    Thanks for the insight. Will full consent of the masses to accept you as a leader will be only possible once you are “complete”. Thanks for sharing….

  4. D Madhavan

    The article touches very deep connection of self. Unless one understand the self which is of higher nature the coaching for leadership skills become another program. The deep value for the spirit of the individuals in the organisational set up should reflect in the eco system. The acceptance of every individual being unique is the pre conditions for the coach and coachee. The humility and compassion is the real test for exhibiting the leadership qualities.. Because the world is full of leaders in terms of intellectual sense not in terms of emotional and spiritual connectivity. If that can happen it will lead to the change in the mind set of leaders team members and the organisation.
    D.Madhavan

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