In Part Two of our interview with Zack Lemelle, iPEC’s Managing Partner of Corporate Engagement Services, Zack discusses leadership in today’s economy, the difference between a good leader and a great leader, and the impact Coach Centric Leaders™ have on creating a truly great company.
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In Part One of this interview with Zack Lemelle, iPEC’s Managing Partner of Corporate Engagement Services, Zack discusses what it means to be a Coach Centric Leader™ and shares some examples of Coach Centric Leaders™ in his own life.
To begin, here are just a few defining characteristics of a Coach Centric Leader:
- Coach Centric Leaders are individuals who consciously choose to use their ability to influence and impact others to bring about results that are positive — for themselves, others, their organization, and its stakeholders.
- Coach Centric Leaders are leaders whose actions are consistent with their beliefs, values, and principles, and who make those beliefs, values, and principles well known to those they most typically lead. Because of this consistency and openness, their leadership often appears effortless, and their energy is downright contagious.
- Coach Centric Leaders know that every interaction presents the opportunity to lead and to have a positive impact on others.
How well does Coach Centric Leadership™ describe you? How ready are you to become a Coach Centric Leader?
The traditional business model and large corporations no longer provide the satisfaction and job security as they used to only a decade ago.
Interestingly enough despite these challenging economic times, America appears to be on the cusp of an entrepreneurial boom… and baby boomers are leading the way, according to a study conducted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Over the past decade Americans age 55-64 have seen the highest rate of entrepreneurial activity — and growth in entrepreneurship among nearly all age groups has seen increases over the past 24 months as motivated individuals are taking their careers into their own hands.
With their vast business and life experience and the desire to help others succeed and have more fulfilling lives and careers, they are simply too young to retire. The profession of coaching is calling to them because it is one of the few professions that fully capitalizes on their experience, values, and “pay it forward” attitude. Baby boomers have acquired their interest in coaching as others have sought their help and advice looking to learn from their life and career experiences.
Answer these questions, for yourself, and see if they steer you towards a natural calling:
What do you value — personal growth? Working in partnership? Helping others?
What experiences and strengths do you have that might be of assistance to others?
What do you feel when you see great potential in others – and help them see it too? What drive do you have to help them exercise that potential?
On September 9th, I was interviewed by Luke Iorio, Vice President of iPEC, and Evie DiPiazza, iPEC’s Director of Corporate Relations and Community Services. This was an “Ask Bruce” call; those who signed up for it were invited to submit their questions about how to get more out of life, about the things that keep them up at night, about master level coaching, and about anything else they had on their minds. If you missed it, you can Click here to listen.
Many great questions came in, and I wasn’t able to answer all of them in the hour-long call, so I’ll be posting those questions I didn’t get to on this blog over the next few weeks. Here’s one of them:
Q: “I’ve been taught and conditioned to believe certain things about who I am that I have recently realized are limiting me and holding me back. How can I begin to change these beliefs and perceptions so that I can reach more of my potential?”
A: Wipe your slate clean today, and begin to journal “who I am.” For each experience, write how it positively or negatively affects who you would like to be, and like a puzzle, keep what you like and toss the rest.
If you do this journaling exercise and would like to share your experiences, if you have other questions, or if you want to respond to something I’ve said, comment here and I’ll get back to you.
I think most people would agree that it's much easier to give than receive. We've even been taught that it's "better" to do so. Giving is a powerful experience.
However, please consider the power in receiving. When you allow someone to give to you, you are honestly giving them something even more valuable in return; validation of their sentiment. When you actively receive with grace and openness, you permit the other person to experience the joy and power of sharing with you.
This week, actively receive, even if it's just with a thank you and smile after a compliment. Free yourself and the person giving to fully enjoy the experience.