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Imagine that you are a shallow water scuba diving instructor
You are taking your students for their final diving class
You put up the gear, you give the instructions…
And you dive with the group
30 feet was the depth you had in mind for the class
But since it’s the last class, your students want to go deeper
You go further deep
You reach 60 feet!!
That’s the maximum you have gone personally as a diver and as an instructor
But your students want more
They are enjoying the experience
They urge you to go deeper
You are in a dilemma….
“Should I take them deeper even though I have never gone that deep?”
Your students insist
They are ready to take the chance
Can you take them really that deeper?
You cannot take them deeper
Because you have not experienced those depths yourself
You don’t know the water pressure at those depths
You don’t know how rapidly oxygen will get depleted at those depths
So you say NO!!
And don’t worry. You did the right thing!
This is true when it comes to managing teams as well
A great leader always coaches the team members to help them grow and succeed
However, real transformation happens only when you can coach your teams deep enough...
..Deep enough to help them shift mindsets, beliefs, thinking patterns
Just like the scuba instructor, who cannot take students to depths where he/she has not gone before
This is a very important distinction in leadership coaching.
Infact, my own journey into coaching began when I had the opportunity to work with my own coach during my corporate career
I saw the massive difference and transformation it made in the way I operated
So I continue to receive coaching even today. I regularly leverage a mastermind group of global coaches, where we support each other in a small community
Anyways, back to you...
So if you want to be a coach for your team…a powerful coach
..Get coached first
..Be ready to go deep inside yourself first
..Discover yourself first, before you can help other discover themselves.
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