Embracing Our Gifts

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Resonating with me so strongly lately is the importance of recognizing, developing and embracing our unique talents – these are in fact our special gifts and we’ve each been given just the right ingredients to do something special.  When we blend these ingredients together, a perfect recipe is formed.  It is in fact the blend of our gifts that creates dynamic teams, and really just makes the world go ‘round.  For this reason, it’s all the more important to embrace our talents and discover how to funnel them into our passion and purpose. 

Now some might argue that owning these gifts can lead to ego…some would be right.  And honestly, I was one of them.  For a long time, I couldn’t see how owning our gifts and humility could walk hand in hand. But I was wrong!  When we embrace and develop what we’ve been given, we grow in our own self-worth, and at the same time have the opportunity to maintain a humble spirit by recognizing that we’re just a piece of the pie – but an important one.  In my humble opinion, this is where you see a servant-leader emerge…confident in his or her own gifts and contributions, and so grateful for those of others.  When I can focus on what I bring to the table – excited about the opportunity – my perspective shifts.  I’m no longer focusing on or feeling inadequate by another’s gifts, but instead excited about the point of collaboration and energy that sparks when these two sets of gifts collide.  In this space there’s no room, nor need, for ego – rather it becomes a place to shine among other bright stars!  Take the time to invest in yourself – explore who you are, how you’re wired, and what you were purposed to do.  Connect with others you trust to reflect with, find a coach that can assist in the development process – whatever it takes to discover and embrace YOU!

Becoming a Leader-Coach

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As a leader – by definition of influence and title – your role implies an ongoing responsibility to serve as a coach to those that report to you.  Whether you function as a front-line manager or sit in the C-Suite, a daily opportunity presents itself to nurture and develop your team.  If you’re excited and intrigued by this opportunity, then read on.  If not…read on anyways! 

 Coaching your employees presents the chance to help others grow in their individual roles and capacities, contribute to the betterment of the individual as a whole, and thereby enrich the organization.  However, even leaders with this understanding grapple with how to go about this effectively.  To truly maximize the performance of your team, leveraging the right tools will undoubtedly drive development and build the leadership capacity in your organization.

 Coaching can take place through both formal and informal conversations – but a few core elements exist with them both.  And as you might guess, it starts with relationship-building!

  • Ask questions and just start the dialogue…

    • What challenges are you facing right now that I need to know about?

    • Do I listen well enough?

    • What are you passionate about and does it resonate with the work you’re currently doing?

  • Explain your role in the coaching process and express genuine interest in the individual’s development.

  • Follow through on promises.

  • Utilize assessments to create awareness, drive feedback and encourage self-discovery.

  • Be patient and lead by example – particularly through the challenges.

  • And celebrate the wins!

 It’s not rocket-science, but it does take a consistent commitment and authenticity to make it work - and when it does, you’re guaranteed to see exciting results!