Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lifeline for Courageous Leaders: Coaching, Consulting, and Critical Thinking for Future and Current Leaders
Effective leaders make a difference. A successful organization does not exist without successful leaders. But this significant impact is not without a cost. A successful leader will encounter complex issues, strained relationships, and often, become wounded in the struggle to provide a culture that will meet the needs of ALL stakeholders who are a part of that organization.
When problems occur, leaders are expected to know all the answers and have the emotional stability to handle anything that comes their way. They are held responsible for keeping a department or organization running smoothly. Leaders also may have limited options, time, and/or resources to resolve the issue.
Two experienced organizational leaders, Dr. Kellie Sanders and Dr. Kristine Servais, offer coaching and consulting services through personalized and differentiated support.
Leadership characteristics that can be developed or strengthened include: leading with intentionality, building and sustaining relationships, instructional leadership, growth focused approaches, active listening skills, reflective practice, conversation facilitator, resiliency, critical thinking, professional development facilitation, multi-tasking, organizational awareness, pro-active planning, transformational, etc.
Leadership coaching approaches may include: face-to-face coaching, phone conversations, virtual coaching sessions, online community forums, email exchanges, blogs, webinars, etc.
How are Leaders like Lobsters? A lobster is unique in many ways. The lobster grows quickly, but once it reaches the size of it shell, it cannot grow any larger. It is trapped, and in order to grow any larger, it must break its shell, and consequently, it becomes very vulnerable to all of the elements and dangers around it. But if it is willing to risk breaking its shell, only then, can it grow. And once again the shell will establish a protective covering, until the lobster must break it open, again and again, thus repeating this cycle of risk and growth throughout its lifetime.
Successful leaders are like lobsters. They must have the courage to break their “shell” over and over again, and take risks in order to grow. And each time they will first feel vulnerable, but eventually, grow and become stronger.
How well are you able to take risks in order to grow as a leader? Watch for the lobster throughout our blogs and website. Be courageous.
Servais and Sanders Publications
The Courage to Lead: Choosing the Road Less Traveled