Coaching's Bustin' Out All Over!

Coaching seems to be all around me lately...

Yesterday I had the good fortune of interviewing "Coach to CEOs" Stephen H. Baum for a webcast based on his new book What Made 'jack welch' Jack Welch: How Ordinary People Become Extraordinary Leaders. It is a rich conversation about the role of coaching in developing highly effective leaders. I hope you will tune in when it is broadcast on March 5.

A few of Stephen's coaching ideas:

- that leaders need to cultivate their own personal board of directors: a few trusted advisors who can provide wise counsel to a leader in time of need.

- that leaders should cherish their "guardian angels:" the people inside or outside the leader's organization who are looking out for the leader in some way.

- that leaders need to overcome fear and take the risks that will promote learning, breakthroughs, and further personal development.

- that effective leaders develop strong interpersonal communication skills, such as active listening and story-telling, in order to engage and inspire others.

Blogger and leadership coach Ron Hurst has honored (and stunned and flattered) me by featuring an interview with me at his blog, Material Leadership, where he has a series in progress on purposeful leadership development and coaching. Thanks, Ron!

Posted by Terrence Seamon, Feb 21, 2008

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