Be the best boss, not the worst

It’s often said that people leave bosses, not their organisations. Reading through Executive Grapevine’s daily post today, there was a focus on ‘worst bosses’.

To be honest, I think there is a leadership journey towards excellence that all leaders are on. Born or made? Who knows?

But I do believe that high quality executive coaching can make all the difference. I highlight four areas that leaders focus on to help them and their team(s) achieve their goals in a way that boosts morale. These are to (1) focus on outcomes, (2) focus on people, (3) create a great environment and (4) be your authentic best.

Through a trusting relationship with an effective, authentic and responsible coach, the leader can explore these themes dynamically, effectively and safely. After the coaching sessions, the leader can then step with greater positivity into the future. Getting the best out of everyone in the team, in a dynamic inclusive manner, makes a real difference to each team member, to the team and to the business.

It’s what I have always set out to achieve coaching leaders for the last 20 years. It’s people who enable performance, as good leaders instinctively know.

The right tool for the job

We have been using Emotional Intelligence as a profiling tool for more than twelve years and find it invaluable in helping clients as it provides them with feedback on how they are handling their work and lives on a day to day basis.

The good news is that it has recently been enhanced and I was lucky enough to be in the first group of UK practitioners to be accredited by Canadian test developers Multi-Health Systems Inc. I like the new version, EQ-I 2.0, because, as with the former model, it doesn’t label people but it does explore those subtle differences in how they function, particularly when an individual limit themselves through their behaviour with others.

When I conduct profiles using EQ-i 2.0 I find that everyone presents a range of differences in their scores. For example, their problem solving skills may be higher than their empathy for others. By raising awareness of this they are better able to understand themselves and make often slight but significant differences in their approach which helps them on their professional and personal journeys.

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This is the ideal qualification for coaches aspiring to work as professional external executive coaches or those working at senior levels with organisations. Externally, it is the perfect qualification for professional coaches and mentors seeking to enhance and accredit their expertise with a nationally and internationally recognised qualification.

Here at Your Total Coach we’ve been running ILM accredited courses regularly for more than 14 years, as part of our Advanced Coaching Programme.

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Commencing September 2020 & October 2020


Module 1: September 23-24 OR October 20-21 (Both sets of dates available)

Module 2: November 9-10

Module 3: January 19-20

Module 4: March 3-4

This will be delivered as an Online programme, using Zoom, for each of the workshops


Designed for Success

Designed for Success

By Ebenezer Ajitena

ISBN  1434382265

Designed for Success bookDesigned for Success by Ebenezer Ajitena is a powerful preacher and teacher of ‘the Word’, preaching the living Word to the dying world. He uses the analogy of Noah’s ark – we must each build our own ark to God’s blueprints to ride out the storms of life. The truths Pastor Ajitena unveils are relevant for today’s believer.

Wisdom principles include: God ‘fashioned’ you for success; anxiety can capsize your ship of destiny; and the greater the problem, the bigger the victory.


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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

By Stephen R Covey

ISBN  0743272455

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleGround-breaking when first published in 1990, this book continues to be a business bestseller. Author Stephen Covey realises that true success encompasses a balance of personal and professional effectiveness.

Covey studied the characteristics of successful people and whittled these down to seven habits generally demonstrated by the successful. In order to adopt them yourself you may need to change your perception of how the word works but Covey takes the reader through this change, which affects how you perceive and act regarding productivity, time management, positive thinking, developing your ‘proactive muscles’  (rather than reacting), and much more.
You’ll want to study this book rather than skim it but the effort is worth it.

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The New Leaders

Transforming the Art of Leadership

By Daniel Goleman

ISBN  978-0751533811

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Bestselling author Daniel Goleman argues that emotionally intelligent leaders are now essential for business today and this book lays out the map for transforming leadership in individuals, teams and organisations.

As business reinvents itself at broadband speed, so has what makes leaders effective  been transformed. This new leader excels in the art of relationship, the singular expertise which the changing business climate renders indispensable.

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Concepts for Coaching

By Peter Hill

ISBN  978-1902475233

Aimed at those just starting out on a journey as a coach,  as well as seasoned professionals, this book is about developing knowledge and understanding of the profession.

Filled with concepts and models for the coach, the book is an invaluable resource to assist in the development of coaches – as well as being a useful guide for HR professionals buying in coaching services.

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Coaching for Performance

GROWing Human Potential and Purpose – the Principles and Practice of Coaching and Leadership

By John Whitmore

ISBN  978-1857885354

Coaching for Performance BookCoaching for Performance is the bible of the industry and very much the definitive work that all coaches stand on. This major new edition is totally revised and updated with new material on coaching in a crisis and leadership for a difficult future. As well as featuring the eponymous GROW model (Goals, Reality, Options, Will), now established as the basis for coaching professionals, the new edition digs deep into the roots of coaching, particularly transpersonal psychology. Plus, there are fresh chapters on emotional intelligence and high-performance leadership.


Recommended for: Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching & Leadership Mentoring (ILM)

The Inner Game of Work

Overcoming Mental Obstacles for Maximum Performance

By W.Timothy Gallwey 

ISBN  978-1587990472

This title provides principles and methods to help us control negative influences such as fear of failure and self-criticism. The principles have been adopted by managers and employees of some of the world’s largest companies, and are a powerful tool for overcoming the inner obstacles to a fulfilling and rewarding career.

Author W Timothy Gallwey has successfully applied his Inner Game principles (practical ways to overcome mental obstacles) to sports such as golf and tennis as well as well as fields as diverse as management and diet.

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The Coaching at Work Toolkit

A Complete Guide to Techniques and Practices

By Suzanne Skiffington and Perry Zeus

ISBN 978-0074711033

This was the first comprehensive, practical resource for coaches in the use of the theories, tools, techniques and practices that affect learning and change.

The employment of executive, business and life skills coaching is heralded as the way to create organisations of the future. Anyone interested in achieving their best and staying ahead of the competition should read this book. Through the use of case studies, practical instructions and application guidelines, the authors have provided models, principles and techniques that enable professional coaches to achieve breakthrough results.


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