COACHING LEADERS IN CONSTANT CHANGE
Director of Executive Coaching and Leadership at Google, David B. Peterson, shared at the Harvard Coaching Conference, the importance of using diverse coaching skills as leaders:
“We are not prepared to learn effectively in a complex, constantly changing world” David Peterson, Director of Executive Coaching and Leadership at Google
David explained the concept of Learning Agility (Mitchinson & Morris, 2012) and Mindfulness, paying attention consciously, looking for what is new and different, questioning preconceived ideas (Langer, 1998-2011). As well as, the ability to be fully aware and open to the experience of the present moment –non-judgmental attention (Lee, 2012), as two key skills for leading in turbulent times.
He encouraged leaders to have “moments of reflections to keep ourselves open to exploring new ideas and implications”. In addition, he highly recommended that as we deal with more complexity and constant change both in our personal and professional lives, three qualities are essential: present focus, awareness and non-judgment (Brown, Ryan & Creswell, 2007).
As I visit more and more places around the world I detect three key aspects: lack of long-term meaningful goals, lack of presence and lack of focus. This trend is increasing. Also, directly affecting leaders across companies worldwide. We perceive being busy as chic. However, these leaders find it hard to look within themselves to find the truth, and therefore, carry a life of purpose. An increasing number of seniors want to be perceived as having a busy lifestyle when they are actually missing out on living the present. Life has no guarantee; not realizing this is the real FOMO.
Judgment will stop happening when we love ourselves sufficiently to stop looking into other people´s lives. In order to fully enjoy the here and the now, decreasing levels of ego is a must. In this new age, calmness is a prerequisite to happiness. And happiness the key to a harmonious home-work environment.
For this to change, we need to practice self-awareness daily. Which will in turn lead to focus and concentration. This will help to know who we are, where we are, what we want and where we are heading. The big picture will be clearly visible and changes will be easier to make from a space of knowledge versus chaos.
To be aware of our thoughts and emotions, open without evaluation, with an accepting attitude and in the present moment is not easy. However, it is one of the roads to effective leadership. Someone who genuinely practices achieving these traits will master his weaknesses making him ready to lead others in the right direction.
The call: Looking inward and looking forward into a new framework of leadership. One where learning new ways to manage change will be critical to succeed.
In Search of the Absolute Truth,
Bindu Dadlani is a Power Coach with Conscience who unleashes unlimited potential to transform your goals into a unique magical reality. You can follow her on Facebook / Facebook / Twitter / Twitter / Instagram