Excerpted from the Leadership is also a performing art, and the best leaders also have coaches.
The coach might be someone from inside or outside of the organization.
In sharing with others his personal thoughts on the all-important “Who Am I? ” questions, he gives voice to a philosophy of leadership that demonstrates The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® at its very best.
Leadership takes courage: the courage to go first, be open and vulnerable, ask for feedback, speak out on issues of values and conscience, navigate difficult situations and make tough choices.
Upon the retirement of long-time CEO Steve Ballmer, Nadella is only the third chief executive to head the mega-giant founded and led by Bill Gates for so many years.
And Nadella is an insider—a 20 year veteran who has worked side-by-side with his fellow employees to lead one of the company’s most successful business technology divisions.
Support is especially important when people are being asked to change their behavior.
People don’t respect know-it-alls, especially when they know that the know-it-all doesn’t know it all. Admitting mistakes and being open to accepting new ideas and new learning communicates that you are willing to grow. You can avoid excessive pride only if you recognize that you’re human and need the help of others, and that’s another important reason for leaders being great learners.We’ve found in our research on coaching that the factor most related to coaching effectiveness is the quality of the relationship between performer and coach.And of all the items used to measure coaching behavior, the one most linked to success is: “This person embodies character qualities and values that I admire.” (There’s that credibility Many organizations have an honest desire to develop more and better leaders.But would that be the best way to handle the situation for the sake of your credibility and your relationship with your constituents? You could go out and break something or yell at someone, but that won’t help your learning or your relationships. Be aware of them, but don’t let them rule your behavior.And if you sense that you need help managing those emotions, seek it.