11 Quotes on Leadership and Coaching For 2020
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Coaching is about fighting for the hearts and souls of people
Eddie Robinson was a College Football coach who finished his career with 408 wins, 165 losses, and 15 ties. He coached at a time when African American players weren’t playing in the NCAA but in their own league. He is remembered as one of the most winning coaches in College Football history.
Coaching is one of the most effective leadership styles
When people think coaching is largely given advice they are sorely mistaken. As Fashad Asl puts it, coaching is about asking questions not providing answers. Asl is a certified coach as well as a Director of Bankers Life in California and founder of Top Leaders Inc. Smart leaders will discover the answer if you can ask the right questions.
Every person holds so much power within themselves
Pete Carroll is the Head Coach and Executive Vice President of the Seattle Seahawks in the National Football League. He knows a thing of two about coaching high level individuals to get the best out of them. Sometimes all it takes is a simple nudge in the right direction, coaches know what to say at the right time.
The best executives lead with humility
Jim Yong Kim is a Physician and Anthropologist but more recently he served as the President of the World Bank from 2012-2019. Humility is an underrated concept in the business community. Any high achieving person must keep this thought in their mind, no one is too smart, successful, or talented to be coached.
To have a better career, start by building a better you
Robin Sharma is a Canadian best selling author made famous for his book The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. Sharma has a unique way of looking at the world and business success, though he’s not immune from getting better at his practice. It’s enlightening to know that people like Robin recognize that investing in oneself is the best return on investment you can make as a professional.
Coaching helps define where you are versus where you want to be
Elaine MacDonald is the Executive Director of the Harvard Business Community Partners. In her current role MacDonald connects Harvard Alumni with pro bono consulting, advising, non-profit board members, and employment opportunities at nonprofits. She knows coaching is one of those things every executive will need at one point if not throughout their career.
Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential
Coaching is rarely teaching, instead it’s what Timothy Gallwey would call facilitating learning moments. Gallwey is an author who developed a new methodology on coaching in the 1970’s based on “The Inner Game”. Today we would say Gallwey’s “new” methodology is using meditation but at that time it was revolutionary. Starting with the Inner Game of Tennis, then moved to Golf, Skiing, Music and eventually the Inner Game of Work. Though his focus was mainly sports, he has spoken to numerous business audiences over the years on the many benefits of coaching.
Coaching is the new leadership strategy for business
Dr. James Belasco is a best selling author who wrote Teaching the Elephant to Dance and Flight of the Buffalo. He built a career around organizational design and helping companies create environments where management and employees can learn, grow and succeed in business.
Coaching is a service
Michael J. Marx founded New Trails Coaching and wrote the book Ethics and Risk Management for Christian Coaches. Coaching, be it Executive or not, is always in service of the client. Sometimes we may forget that but this quote is a gentle reminder of our purpose in the coaching relationship.
Coaches give feedback without causing resentment
As one of the more famous coaches on this list of quotes, Wooden set the record for NCAA Basketball titles won in a row, Seven to be exact. Wooden was one of the best at coaching and he understood wholeheartedly that if you cause resentment or hostility when giving correction, the words fall on deaf ears. It’s about building trust so that when you do have something important to say, the executive or athlete wants to hear the feedback you have.
Coaching works because it’s all about you
Emma-Louise Elsey is the CEO and founder of Coaching Tools Company.com. Elsey drives the point home that’s central to coaching, it’s all about you. The coach doesn’t just show up with the secret plan and you’re magically better than before. No, it’s helping you better understand what you really want and why it is you want that.