The Power of Great Coaches

December 21, 2016

Have you ever heard the Vince Lombardi quote, "Leaders are made, they are not born?" As the quote suggests, leadership is not always defined by position. Whether you’re a CEO or a project manager, your ability to influence others to provide guidance and create change is ultimately what defines you as a great leader – or in Mr. Lombardi’s case, a great coach.  

This ability is especially important when choosing a business coach or mentor if you are looking to build a great growth company. The value of partnering with a Gazelles International Certified Coach revolves around these four critical roles:

  1. Co-Architect. The CEO is the master architect in creating a plan and a roadmap to greatness for their growth company. A Gazelles International Certified Coach comes alongside to help with the Four Decisions framework and Rockefeller Habits to help with the Four Decisions framework and Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0) to make sure the strategy is developed and implemented wisely.
  2. Teacher. Every Gazelles International Certified Coach goes through a rigorous and recurring certification process. They are experts and teachers in regards to Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0) principles and tools, where to begin and how to apply them so they are actionable and applicable right away.
  3. Conductor. Leaders are constantly being fed information from countless sources relating to various business principles and growth. If that information is not well coordinated with their architectural plan to grow the company, it can sometimes work at cross-purposes. A coach helps orchestrate the flow of information and makes recommendations on content to view and discuss together as a team.  
  4. Confidante. Great coaches provide validation, confidence and trust – they do not knock you down, but build you up. They serve as a confidential sounding board for the CEO and share their experiences to offer different points of view. Most importantly, they ask the right questions to draw the CEO out.  

A great coach is also someone who provides strategic oversight and who understands the vision and goals of the company. He or she provides structure to improve strategic thinking and execution planning. Great coaches recognize the need to instill a culture of accountability – they understand the importance of keeping both the team and the CEO accountable.

If you are interested in working with a Gazelles International Certified Coach, let me know. With the right tools and strategy in place, we can work together to build your great growth company.