Having presented my newest leadership model at the annual HR conference in London last week and coaching a top business leader yesterday, I’ve been musing over the similarities between coaching and leadership.
Peter Drucker famously stated that ‘management is doing things right and leadership is doing the right things’. Good coaching has no agenda for the client. It provides a unique relationship where the client can feel free to speak with someone who isn’t invested in the outcome.
Likewise, good leadership is when the leader can ‘let go’ of favouring preferences from their own background, (usually from operations, finance or sales).
I have called this quality the ‘conductor’. A leader needs to orchestrate the appropriate qualities according to the overall needs of their organisation, rather than focusing on their habitual skills.