The Command and Control Leadership:
At the end of the 20th century and now into the 21st century, a brand new leadership has been developing.  Actually, it has been in the works for thousands of years, but usually the voices calling for it were faint and easily ignored.  Why?  Because over the centuries, the idea of leadership was entirely dominated by the idea of “the leader is the strong man.” 

This understanding of leadership grew out of the times when human culture was primitive and when “might made right.”  In those times the rule of the jungle was also the rule of human affairs and human government.  The person in charge was the person who was the strongest, and at first, this was strictly physical and as groups gathered, it was the strongest in the sense of who was the most ruthless, who could and would use fear, threat, and might to get his way.  That’s when the military idea of leadership prevailed- that’s when leadership was bossing, ordering, commanding, controlling.
New Paradigm for Leadership:
But the times they have been changing.  Command-and-control management and leadership has been giving way to an entirely new way to think about leading and leadership.  It began when it became obvious that while a forceful, controlling “leader” might get compliance of behavior, command-and-control methods can never truly win the minds of people, let alone the hearts, and even less so their spirits.  To move beyond winning compliance with control and threats to winning the hearts and minds of people, then to winning their allegiance, and finally to winning their loyalty requires a lot more.  It requires an entirely new and different paradigm.  In Neuro-Semantics, we call that new paradigm: Self-Actualization.
Self Actualizing Leader:
This new way of leading requires using a force that goes beyond fear and threat.  It requires being the kind of person that people pay attention to, learn from, understand, feel connected to, believe in what he or she presents, wants to be a part of something bigger than themselves.  This kind of leader calls forth the best in people, inspire them, taps into their human capital of intelligence and creativity, treats them as colleagues, relates to them as equals, as colleagues, and creates a winning team with them.  This is the self-actualizing leader.
Coaching Leadership:
Now, where do you learn these kinds of skills?  The amazing and surprising answer is in the core coaching skills.  That is, today and into the coming centuries, the great leaders will be those who lead people by enabling them and doing that through what today we know are the core competencies of coaching.  This is Coaching Leadership.
Why Meta Coaching?
That explains one of the central reasons why you find lots of leaders attending the Meta-Coach Trainings.  They know that they will lead best when they are skilled at connecting with people, actively and deeply listening and supporting people, and when they can explore with people for n their ideas and contributions.  They know that they will lead best when they are competent in receiving and giving high quality feedback, when they can frame situations, induce people to feel, inspire, awaken, align, collaborate, etc. The surprise is that these are the skills of coaching.
Leader of Leaders:
The powerful flexibility of these skills is that you can use them one person at a time as you influence people or with a group and transform a collection of individuals into a high performance team.  This also reveals something else about leadership- leadership occurs at all levels and dimensions of human experience.  Not merely at the top; but all the way up the levels and in every domain.  And if there’s anything that’s really missing today it is good leadership.  It is healthy, self-actualizing leadership that brings out the best in people.

So if you want to improve, enhance, and empower your leadership skills, a great beginning place is with the core coaching skills.  Start there. Experience coaching and how it can create clarity and decisiveness for you as you identify and unleash more of your leadership potentials.  Then you’ll be in a great place to begin to groom leaders around you.  Because, as Warren Bennis noted many times, the purpose of leadership is not to create followers, it is to create more leaders and the next generation leaders.
Learn Coaching not for Coaching purpose but for Leadership Competence.
This is one of reasons we regularly have business owners, senior managers, and CEOs at Coaching Mastery.  Are they planning to become coaches?  No, of course not.  They are there to become better leaders and they will become more excellent as leaders by the coaching process and methodology.  And if you are ready to unleash your core leadership competencies, I’d recommend learning the coaching skills as the fundamentals of effective leadership. 

Dr.Michael Hall-Ph.D

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