Each of us has the opportunity to step up and lead, and the most effective leaders know that leadership is a combination of both inner and outer work.
The Outer Work
From an external standpoint, the leaders we admire most inspire, engage, and empower those they lead. They bring out the best in individuals and encourage teamwork, problem solving, conflict resolution, and priority management.
As wonderful as that sounds, though, the outer skills of leadership are often difficult to execute.
Some leaders are promoted because they excelled in their last role, but they never received any leadership development. And it doesn’t come to them automatically.
Some leaders start their own business to pursue their dream. Before they know it, it’s time to hire people to support their mission, yet they have no experience in how to get started.
Some leaders are burned out. They’re ready to reinvent themselves in a new role and need a kick start to get their plan going.
“By nature, I’m a glass half empty gal. Tracy guides me toward focusing on what’s inside of my glass and helps me uncover the abilities I already have that can help me to fill my cup. Most importantly, she shares the tools that help me to believe in myself. My biggest surprise about Tracy’s coaching is how much we keep in contact between sessions. Our communication doesn’t just stop until our next appointment. I really like that!”
~Jessica Dudley, Township Assessor
The Inner Work
The other side of leadership is the internal piece of the puzzle. Self-leadership. Filling yourself up on the inside first so you can, in turn, fill others up with confidence, compassion, and competence.
The internal side of leadership is often the hidden enemy.
- You feel like a fraud or a fake and do all you can to keep it together while worrying others are going to find out you’re a hot mess.
- You fall into the blame game and point the finger at others rather than own up to your own mistakes.
- You tense up with resistance when you think of taking the next step in your career.
“I’ve seen a drastic improvement in my communication skills, particularly in conflict resolution and my ability to have difficult conversations. One of the most valuable lessons was recognizing when to lean in and when to lean back. I really like that with Tracy’s approach I walked away with real skills I could actually use. I’m empowered by the idea that choosing to change the way I look at situations will give me a different outcome.”
~Shari Albrecht, Executive Director of a Non-Profit Economic Development Council
The Coaching Solution
Tracy’s one-to-one leadership coaching programs are created around your unique leadership needs and goals.
We begin by clarifying the gap between the leader you are now and the one you aspire to be. Together we create a Before and After plan with an outline of well-defined goals you want to achieve.
A behavioral inventory, the Advanced Insights Profile, is the next step. It combines the Attribute Index, Values Index, and DISC Index to help you gain insight into the WHAT, WHY, and HOW of your behavior. This knowledge is instrumental in helping you understand where you shine and how you can use your distinctive strengths as you work toward your leadership goals.
From there we work together to help you achieve your desired leadership outcomes. We focus on mindset, action, results, and accountability.
Through your leadership coaching program, you can expect to:
- Embrace the importance of personal accountability and reflection in leadership.
- Enhance decision-making and problem-solving abilities.
- Boost emotional intelligence, communication, empathy, and feedback skills.
- Increase leadership self-confidence and belief.
- Understand your unique leadership fingerprint and how it guides you to be the leader you aspire to be.
Choosing to work with a coach requires a connection based on mutual trust and understanding. For this reason, Tracy offers a complimentary call for those interested in learning more about her coaching programs.
Schedule your call with Tracy today to learn how private coaching can help you Lead Yourself First.