5 More Executive Leadership Coaching Tips

Here’s the follow up article with 5 more executive leadership coaching tips.

#6 – Leaders are creative

Process, procedure, and rules are important in any organization, but an effective leader knows that creativity is just as important. Sometimes the best way to accomplish a goal is to “do something different” and leaders know when to encourage and foster that kind of creativity.

Good leaders are also creative in terms of how they lead their team. Staff meetings, performance reviews, professional development, and the like are all part of the equation, but so is stepping outside of the usual to find a creative way to get the same (or better) results. Creativity means finding ways to get things done, even in the face of obstacles or doubt.

#7 – Leaders have integrity

In a large Midwestern state, there is a county sheriff who epitomizes the concept of integrity in a leader.

He was driving along the road one day when he drove past a school bus that was pulled over with its lights flashing. It was inadvertent on his part; he just wasn’t paying attention. The easiest thing to do would have been to continue driving and not bring it up to anyone.

But that’s not what the sheriff did. He knew he had committed a serious traffic violation, so when he wrote himself a ticket. The fine was over $200 and he lost several “safe driver” points off his insurance, but he cared enough about integrity to enforce the appropriate consequences on himself and communicate what he had done to the rest of his staff so they could learn from his mistake.

That’s integrity, and that’s effective leadership.

#8 – Leaders have fun

Life is too short to be boring and drudgery, and effective leaders know it. They are not silly or frivolous, but neither are they stuffy and formal. A good leader can inject an element of fun into nearly anything, making it more tolerable for everyone involved.

For instance, a leader might declare “Tropical Friday”, putting up decorations and encouraging team members to where tropical shirts on that day. Or, to start off a staff meeting the leader might set aside ten minutes to let everyone learn how to juggle.

Regardless of the specific tactic used, effective leaders understand that sometimes laughter is indeed the best medicine for their team.

#9 – Leaders value differences

Effective leaders know that different perspectives and opinion are crucial to the success of a team and/or an organization. They value these differences and allow them to be communicated so that there can be healthy discussion. The most creative solutions to problems often come from combining elements of divergent opinions.

Quite often, the people whose opinions are in the minority are best able to challenge status quo thinking and prevent a team from falling into the trap of group think or self-deception. A good leader knows to take advantage of this reality and use it to foster productive conflict that ultimately leads to the best solutions.

#10 – Leaders are excellent communicators

There is no such thing as an effective leader who is an ineffective communicator. Those two characteristics simply cannot coexist with each other because one of the primary requirements to be a good leader is strong communication skills. Written, verbal, and non verbal communications are all critical to a leader’s ability to motivate and guide a team.

However, a good communicator is not necessarily a good leader. You can probably think of at least one person you have encountered in your life who could talk circles around others but could not lead at all. To be an effective leader requires strong communication skills and the ability to inspire, encourage, and facilitate others to accomplish their goals.

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