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Coaching for Leadership

Summary: Coaches are valuable to an organization. Coaches who can teach leadership are even more valuable. It has been said that leadership cannot be taught, but it can be learned. In order to facilitate that learning, a coach should be attuned to four issues. Finding out why a person chooses to lead can deepen their understanding of leadership or identify a lack of connection to the demands of leadership. The stories that leaders tell themselves and others can identify their attitudes and values and inform their impact on their followers. Pointing out the benefits of informal influencing can help leaders overcome negative impressions of organizational politics. Identifying polarities of leadership style can help leaders see how extremes of one style can prevent the use of another.

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  • Topics: Career Development, Leadership
  • Keywords: Coaching, Communications techniques, Leadership, Motivation, Politics, Values
  • Author: Frisch, Michael H.; Lee, Robert J.; Metzger, Karen L.; Robinson, Jeremy; Rosemarin, Judy
  • Journal: Journal for Quality and Participation