15 Leadership Lessons Coaches Wish They Knew When They Started Their Careers

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Being a leader in your industry can be highly rewarding, but it can also come with its own unique challenges. Sometimes, though, these challenges may not become clear until you’re actually in a leadership position.

  1. Nobody Really Knows What They’re Doing

A CEO once confided to me, “I was nervous to take this job. I was afraid everyone would see I don’t know what I’m doing. It turns out no one else knows what they’re doing either!” Although we spent our coaching session clarifying his strategy, there was courage in his opening words. If you don’t feel like you know what you’re doing, leap into leadership anyway. You’re more ready than you think. – Joelle Jay, LRI

  1. Building Relationships Is Essential

Relationship-building is one of the key elements of being a leader. I learned this midway through my career and this awareness really aided me in learning more about my own self-awareness and my impact on others. Learning your blind spots can make you a leader. Ignoring them will inhibit your growth. – Dan Ryan, Ryan Search & Consulting

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  1. You Cannot Control People

Unlike the portrayal of leaders in movies where they come in, take control and make a bad situation good, the truth is much different. People are not automatons. They are humans with passions, aspirations and their own reasoning. You cannot control them like chess pieces on a board. Rather, you must accept that they will do what they want in the end. To be effective, learn how to guide them. – Kevin Black, Kevin Black Consulting

  1. Leadership And People Management Are Different Skills

Leadership and management are not synonymous. Leadership is the action of leading a group of people or an organization, while management is the process or responsibility of running an organization. In order to operate a functional organization, a leader must also be a great people manager. This starts by assigning tasks according to people’s strengths and cultivating growth opportunities. – A. Margot Brisky, ELDA4U, LLC

  1. Leadership Is About Letting Go

The more you hustle to be right, impress, be liked, win and maintain control, the less effective of a leader you will be. Leadership is letting go of certainty, right answers, being liked, being perfect and winning at all costs. This is replaced by accepting you can only do the very best you can, building others around you, having boundaries, listening intently and risking personal failure. – Jenn Lofgren, Incito Executive & Leadership Development

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