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By Mary T. O’Sullivan, MSOL – business leadership writer
“One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.” – Abraham Maslow
I’m often asked, what’s the best way to coach high potential growth leaders. A very important point to be made before beginning a coaching program with potential “growth” leaders, an interesting distinction must be made between high potentials and high performers. The main difference between them is that the high potential growth leader has the desire, the drive, and the ability to assume leadership roles, a significant point to consider prior to investing in any growth or development program. While high performers produce excellent work, they often lack the drive, aspirations, and “street smarts” to mature into successful leaders. Using the International Coaching Federation’s Core Competencies as a baseline, several important factors need to be considered in coaching true growth leaders.
In this scenario, the coach does not sit back just waiting to speak but is fully engaged in the client’s conversation. The coach must allow for periods of silence, when no speaking goes on at all, because the client will eventually fill the gaps with his/her own thoughts and ideas.
Also, where appropriate, a devil’s advocate position can promote more thinking outside the box. The goal is to nurture thoughtful consideration of opposing perspectives, leading to potentially new solutions which grow and enhance the company’s bottom line as well as the career trajectory of the client.
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Mary T. O’Sullivan, Master of Science, Organizational Leadership, International Coaching Federation Professional Certified Coach, Society of Human Resource Management, “Senior Certified Professional. Graduate Certificate in Executive and Professional Career Coaching, University of Texas at Dallas.
Member, Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Honor Society.
Advanced Studies in Education from Montclair University, SUNY Oswego and Syracuse University.
Mary is also a certified Six Sigma Specialist, Contract Specialist, IPT Leader and holds a Certificate in Essentials of Human Resource Management from SHRM.
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