The critical importance of personal connection between managers and employees
But my own move from Technical Expert to Technical Manager was really hard, and I almost gave up the promotion.
Why? Overwhelm, new demands, trying to be the perfect boss; it was all too much, and I felt that asking for help would be an admission of failure.
But with the help of a coach, I became a confident, authentic and successful leader, using my own natural style of influencing – asking not demanding, coaching not telling.
Command and control wasn’t my style, and it isn’t effective anyway.
I realised too that those inspiring leaders I had had at HP had taken the time and effort to get to know me, to listen to me, to challenge me, to support me, and to care about my own development. I adopted that approach myself, and found it to be a critical ingredient for my own success.
When I help other leaders to discover the importance and the benefits of this personal connection with their team members, I feel a huge sense of reward. It adds purpose to my life as a coach, and it makes their leadership role more satisfying too.
As for my coaching, I trained to be a coach with The Coaching Academy in the UK and gained two diplomas; Personal Performance Coaching and Corporate & Executive Coaching. I am also an accredited coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF), the largest recognised professional body for coaching.
In my 13 year coaching career, I have gained over 1,400 hours of experience, working both in 1:1 and group coaching settings.
On a more personal note, I enjoy being with my family, especially watching my grandson growing up. I am a practicing Christian, I keep fit by running, and I also occasionally play guitar. I love learning via books, seminars, conferences, and writing my own book.