Leadership step 3: Self-Achievement.

Self-Achievement is about taking control of your life and managing yourself to achieve your goals and objectives either on your own or through the willing support of others. A classic definition of a leader is that a leader has “willing” followers. The leader has developed the skills to manage a broad variety of relationship types and the flexibility to adapt to constantly changing demands and circumstances.

However, this is also a period of “active experimentation”, a time when emerging leaders need the freedom to practice their new found skills in a live business setting. The role of the Coach is to assist the leader in maximising their learning during this phase. This is a time when the new leader needs to make mistakes.

Mistakes are nature’s university of life. In a complex role like leading, you need to be able to learn from your mistakes. The coach is key to this reflective learning.

The organisation also needs to learn to overcome it’s natural fear of mistakes. Mistakes are simply risk taking with learning. In business you must be able to learn from your own mistakes, but a Coach or Mentor can also help you learn from the mistakes of others.

There are many kinds of leaders, but the best of leaders take time to evolve as rounded leaders with the vision and values to lead for success.