The Value of a Good Coach

“I’m so not hearing that,” Robert told Susan.  Robert was thoroughly H hot. The nerve of Tim to tell him he needed to include others in his assessment. “These people have no idea what I do,” he reasons with Susan. Robert felt insulted that other leaders in different parts of the company would be invited to critique his plans. Robert had been doing this project just fine without sitting around a table subjecting himself to questions. “Who were they to question him?” Robert was so incensed Susan could see the heat rising from his hair.

Robert is not alone. Proverbs 18:17 reads, “He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.” Most leaders have suffered from tunnel vision during their development. Luckily, Robert had a good coach.

Susan through questioning Robert helped him to understand the importance of teamwork. His passion was misdirected; he saw Tim’s insistence that others give him feedback on his plans as a direct reflection of his competence. Susan helped Robert as John Maxwell would say “lift his lid.” She helped Robert see the big picture. His project wasn’t being carried out in a vacuum, his was one of many company projects all aimed at fulfilling the company vision. Teamwork then was an invaluable asset to saving the company money and improving its efficiency.

Each of us can benefit from a good coach; someone who opens our eyes to the bigger picture. Do you have a good coach? Better yet, “Are you open to coaching?”

Published by Earl J. Griffin, Sr.

As a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker, I can offer you workshops, seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching, aiding your personal and professional growth through study and practical application of John’s proven leadership methods. For over 40 years, my tract record as a proven leader has been exemplary both in the United States Army and as a Pastor in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. As a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Mentor, and Speaker, I use this expertise and experience to help leaders grow to their full potential. Coupled with my John Maxwell Certification is my Master of Science degree in Leadership Development, from Walden University. I am uniquely skilled at helping corporate leaders in the areas of human resources development programs, middle and executive leader development programs, and mentoring practices within the workplace. Both my professional time as an Organizational Development Specialist within the United States Army and my tenure as Senior Pastor within my church help me assist leaders in resolving the ethical dilemmas of leadership and developing the cultural skills necessary to lead in diverse multi-cultural organizations. Let's develop a sustainable relationship that benefits both your organization and that helps you achieve your personal leadership goals.

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