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Leaders and Their Teams

“In a learning organization, leaders are designers, stewards, and teachers. They are responsible for building organizations where people continually expand their capabilities to understand complexity, clarify vision, and improve shared mental models – that is, they are responsible for learning.”
―Peter Senge

Organizations hire coaches to help leaders and their teams build capacity for change and breakthrough results though. Leadership is not as much about what we accomplish as individuals, but what we can inspire others to accomplish. In this sense, a leader can only excel when their team excels. Teams are collections of individuals that bring a wonderful diversity of experiences, preferences and strengths to contribute, yet need to find a common “way” to work together in rapidly moving high pressure environments. As a coach I facilitate the development of strong teamwork and mutual respect while partnering with leaders to develop their team-building and coaching skills.

The more time a coach spends in an organization working with teams, the more the coach is able to see broader patterns and dynamics that either hold back or accelerate the achievement of the mission. The coach uses “new eyes” to identify how the organization can build upon the strengths of their people to promote their success.

“Don’t train leaders, coach them, mentor them, disciple them, and develop them, but please don’t attempt to train them. Where training attempts to standardize by blending to a norm and acclimating to the status quo, development strives to call out the unique and differentiate by shattering the status quo. Training is something leaders dread and will try and avoid, whereas they will embrace and look forward to development. Development is nuanced, contextual, collaborative, fluid, and above all else, actionable.”
–Mike Myatt for Forbes, December 2012 The #1 Reason Leadership Development Fails

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