As a leadership coach, you specialize in the workings of the business world. You assess the impact a leader has on his or her operation and discern what’s limiting their effectiveness. With your experience, you offer specific solutions to overcome their challenges.
Coaching is a process that pours value into a leader, to help them attain the success they desire. And with each client, you learn more about people, sharpening your tools to deal with tougher and tougher challenges. That’s one of the beauties of coaching, isn’t it?
But do all your coaching efforts need to be official business? If you have a friend who’s a leader or manager, they probably have challenges in their role as well. Who better to come alongside than you, a coach whose nature it is to untangle such things? What better way to help a friend who may not know how to approach their situations?
If you have a friend just considering leadership, this may be your opportunity to help them gain insight others at their level may not have. Have you ever considered mentoring such a person as they approach a leadership role? You’ll likely find that your relationship raises your emotional investment. Who doesn’t want a friend to do well?
Mentor them through the basics, which many leaders have never been taught. Share the life-lessons you have learned through your own personal experiences. The surprising rewards of mentoring may even raise your desire to blend more mentoring into your approach with other clients.
Mentoring a friend is a great way to build a relationship and enjoy watching a new leader embark on a successful career. Encourage them to read your newsletters, blogs and other leadership material.
What do you think? How has mentoring affected your career? We’d love to hear your stories; you can send us an email, here.