Discover how coaching fits in a leadership model.
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Douglas Conant, former CEO of Campbell Soup Company, has defined his seven essential practices of leadership in the ConantLeadership Flywheel. These seven practices make up a flywheel, shown in the diagram below, and he summarizes them as “tough-minded on standards and tender-hearted with people”.
We love how Inspire Trust is the foundation practice, at the centre of the flywheel, and that the number 1 pillar is Clarify Higher Purpose – a meaningful journey is key to a fulfilling life.
The ConantLeadership Flywheel
So where would you assign a coaching approach in this wheel? Our answer is that it fits across ALL areas of the wheel, and supports every aspect.
Looking at Build Vitality as an example, the coaching approach acknowledges that vitality is within each human being in the form of power sources and strengths and these are unique to each individual. With the right tools and environment, people can tap into these to build vitality.
The coaching approach explores these power sources and strengths to raise awareness and to collate a pool of resources the individual can draw upon as and when they need. In this way, we are tapping into potential that allows for the person to come from a place of strength and energy.
Creating an optimal environment, for example with the right amount of support and challenge, celebration of achievements, constructive feedback and focus on strengths and power sources will enable people to thrive and create a high energy culture.
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Our experience tells us that a coaching approach supports and enhances all of the seven practices in the wheel. Should we be lobbying for coaching to be foundation practice number eight? Can you be a successful leader without it? At Performance Consultants International, we believe that the best leaders have a fully integrated coaching approach in order to deliver the very best from both them and their employees.
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