“Lonely at the top” resonates for most CEOs, and appears to be truer than ever, according to a new study conducted by the Center for Leadership Development and Research at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance, and The Miles Group.
Top areas that CEOs use coaching to improve: sharing leadership/delegation, conflict management, team building, and mentoring. Bottom of the list: motivational skills, compassion/empathy, and persuasion skills. “A lot of people steer away from coaching some of the less tangible skills because they are uncomfortable with touching on these areas or really don’t have the capability to do it,” says Mr. Miles. “These skills are more nuanced and actually more difficult to coach because many people are more sensitive about these areas. However, when combined with the ‘harder’ skills, improving a CEO’s ability to motivate and inspire can really make a difference in his or her overall effectiveness.”
A recurring theme in another study showed that executive coaching clients face immense pressure amid accelerating change. Executives are challenged to work harder, work faster and produce better results, and personal lives can fall by the wayside.
Whether you’re a leader of a large corporation, a non-profit, or another type of organization, we understand your desire to reach new levels of success, to make a bigger impact and to move from success to significance. We also acknowledge that you’re moving so fast you have little time to think about what you really want your leadership to achieve and how to define what “next level” means to you.
Leadership is about finding meaning in your work, resolving the inevitable conflicts, and energizing and inspiring those around you to achieve. It is about proactively sensing and framing the opportunities for your organization, and marshaling resources toward adaptation and innovation. It is about the relaxed self-confidence that the best leaders learn and master through a knowledge of themselves and others. Ultimately, the best leaders define what happens next—in their companies, their communities, and their families.
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