Category: leadership development

What is Coaching and How Will it Benefit Me - leadership coach in Chesterfield

What is Coaching and How Will it Benefit Me?

A Definition of Coaching – the INTERNATIONAL COACHING FEDERATION (ICF) – defines coaching as “Partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. The process of coaching often unlocks previously untapped sources of imagination, productivity and leadership.” In the work context coaching is often used As a…

Tips for holding a great 121 - leadership coach in Chesterfield

Tips for holding a great 121

My clients often ask me what makes for a great 121 (one-on-one) followed by how to have them. My personal view is that having a great 121 meeting with a team member involves effective communication, active listening, and a focus on achieving specific goals and outcomes. They should be done regularly and consistently with the…

8 Ways to Thrive as an Accidental Leader - leadership coach in Chesterfield

8 Ways to Thrive as an Accidental Leader

In the journey of our careers, many of us find ourselves in leadership positions that we hadn’t initially planned for. Whether it’s stepping up to lead a project or team due to unforeseen circumstances, being promoted because we are great at our old role, taking on a new role that carries leadership responsibilities, or growing…

Unintentional Leadership 5 Clues That You're an Accidental Leader - leadership coach in Chesterfield

Unintentional Leadership: 5 Clues That You’re an Accidental Leader

What are accidental leaders? These are individuals who never set out to lead, yet for various reasons found themselves steering teams, guiding projects or running small businesses and as a result now face the challenges of managing people without prior preparation or training.. . If you’ve ever questioned how you ended up in a leadership…

empowering your teams - leadership coach in Chesterfield

My 5 Key “Go To” Principles to Empowering My Team

In my last blog “Empowering Your success”, I wrote about what empowerment means to me and the benefits I believe an empowering approach brings to the leader and the team. In this article I thought I’d share 5 of the strategies I have used to empower the many teams I have led over the years.…

Mental Health The Hidden Key to Unlocking Exceptional Leadership Potential - leadership coaching Chesterfield

Mental Health: The Hidden Key to Unlocking Exceptional Leadership Potential

I wrote this blog during both mental health awareness week and learning at work week and it got me thinking that in the realm of leadership development, one often overlooked but essential factor in developing as a leader is developing our mental health and wellbeing alongside our leadership skills. Understanding the role good mental health…

5 Misconceptions About Communication in Small Business

Effective communication is the backbone of any thriving business. Without it, you’re just asking for a heap of trouble. Communication is fundamental to building trust and relationships and building motivated and engaged teams who will go over and beyond to deliver exceptional results. It can be argued that the lack of effective communication causes more…

The Paradox of Insightful Curiosity (Opinions) - leadership coaching Chesterfield

The Paradox of Insightful Curiosity (Opinions)

Having strong views and opinions as a business owner is often seen as a valued and positive trait. It demonstrates conviction and confidence in your values and opinions and aids decision making. It is about being Certain. Equally, being able to seek the views and opinions of others, to consult and include is also seen a…

the importance of succession planning - leadership coaching Chesterfield

The Power of Preparedness: Why Your Small Business Needs a Succession Plan

What is Succession planning? How often has someone handed their notice in and it has surprised you leaving a huge hole and a big impact? Or maybe you knew they might be leaving at some point in the future but didn’t really believe it would happen ……so had no contingency? Maybe you want to step…

leader or manager small businesses - leadership coaching Chesterfield

Small Business Owner – Leader or Manager?

In a small business, the role of the leader is especially critical, as they often hold multiple roles and wear several different hats often swapping these hats many times over the course of a day, ….as well as being responsible for making important decisions that can have a significant impact on the business. They will be…