Leadership Crisis? – How About Coaching?

According to a recent government report the business world is currently in a leadership crisis. Up and coming managers, those who will be our business leaders of the future don’t see positive examples of “inspirational leadership” in their work places. Employees long to see a genuine shared vision, real confidence and trust in teams and respect for colleagues, customers and employees. Less than 40% of managers actually see these traits on display in the workplace.

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They are looking for fresh and exciting opportunities so they can grow, expand and become the best leaders they possible can be however management is does not fully understand how to implement coaching.  The state of corporate coaching today is really nothing but a re-labeling of 50-year-old management techniques. I did a review recently of the state of corporate coaching that is being encouraged each day in many organizations and I was astounded.

One, of many, defined corporate coaching as “providing guidance, feedback and direction to ensure successful performance”.  This is a typical old school management process because everything is defined for the employee or new manager.  The focus is on short-term results and very structured framework so that it can be micro managed for success.  There is no mention of empowering, growing or allowing employees to make mistakes.

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5 Steps for the Wise Leader

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A wise leader is one who is able to anticipate the changes and trends in the market and take proactive steps to leverage the necessary changes as they occur or before. One trend that is in its infancy is the movement of power from employer to employee or contractor.

Recent studies have indicated that by the year 2020 nearly 40% of the work force will be independent contractors or business people. Now, where will these people migrate from?  Well, in my opinion they are going to be the top performers of companies who are not paying attention to the needs of their talent.  They are going to be people, who are unwilling to commute an hour each way, unwilling to relocate to another city or country and unwilling work 60-80 hours a week without recognition or flexibility of work environment.

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