Leaders are made, they are not born!

In full, the quote above actually reads… “Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile!” Vince Lombardi.

A case in point is the following article from CNN Money about coaching going mainstream. Many companies are seeing the benefits of continuing the education process as a way of getting the best out of their talent! And coaching is an excellent tool to bring about growth.

The article refers to a survey conducted by the American Management Association which indicates that, in the US, the three most common uses for coaching are:

  1. Leadership Development
  2. Performance Improvement
  3. Optimizing Talent

I find it quite encouraging that leadership development is topping the list. The abilty to motivate and inspire with impact is crucial to leadership, and these skills can be cultivated. Besides being a cottage industry for the publishing world (go into any bookstore and ask for the business leadership section and then look out!), I have witnessed the tangible results of learning by doing and seen at first hand the theory being put into practice in real time.

The beauty of coaching is its practicality. Repeatable tools to be used to achive results. And the level of objectivity a coach can provide can help clarify the goals, realities, options, and ways to proceed. FYI, my choice of words is no accident. It reflects what is called the “GROW” model and it is one of many useful tools coaches use to achieve success.

Lombardi is considered by many to be the greatest American football coach of all time with an uncanny abilty to inspire greatness through his words and his actions. His paternalistic style of coaching has been written about and imitated, but for coaching to be successful it has to foster individuality. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery but when it comes to coaching leadership, its about bringing out the best in YOU!