The Goal is life change. Perhaps this should be the mantra for all leaders. As a coach, this is an imperative for me. I am privileged to serve individuals, pastors, leaders, followers, teams and organizations. My coaching has come out of leadership training and experience. Fortunate to have had good mentors, leaders, and coaches in my life, God’s blessings on me personally and professionally are innumerable.
The goal for all coaches and I believe all leaders should be life change. As a leader, my number one objective should be to assist you in becoming a better, stronger, person who desires to help others. I say this not because I am in the ministry. No matter what occupation or leadership position, your goal should be the same.
I fear many leaders have it backwards; believing their job is to use people to reach company goals or for self-interests as climbing a corporate ladder. As long as you lead with this mindset, you will never be satisfied. Nor will you experience high morale among your employees/volunteers.
Great leaders have never let people become objects to maneuver for his/her own success. You can find out what a leader values by how he treats the people who cannot add value to the leader’s reputation or success.
Great leaders and coaches have something most leaders do not possess. Great leaders accept the responsibility of helping others, challenging them to rise above their current level, striving to reach greater heights. Great leaders will build an environment or culture that builds others who will also build others.
It all starts with accepting the responsibility of building others, not reaching company goals, raising the numbers, increasing volume, or climbing my own ladder. You see, great leaders are successful leaders who have realized to build morale and increase productivity, you must pour into your people.
I was recently engaged in a conversation where one person believed the only way to build morale was for the company to increase the money flowing into the employees paycheck. Honestly, this is not a morale booster. Money may bring a temporary fix, but it will be short lived. Yes, pay your employees an honest wage, but other personal investments will lead to greater productivity and morale.
An intrinsic part of our nature is to be better than we were yesterday. We value improving. Therefore, when as a leader, you assist others in reaching greater heights in their personal or professional life, you build confidence and morale. You are building a person who will be likely build others as well. This is building a culture of great leaders and high morale. You are building a culture of Life Change!
George Yates is a Life Purpose Coach and Organizational Health Strategist, assisting individuals and organizations in fulfilling their God-given purpose.