From Great to Remarkable

Are you a remarkable leader? If you said “yes,” you’re in the minority. If you said “no,” take heart: remarkable leaders are made, not born. Through experience, good and great leaders acquire leadership competencies that propel them to the ranks of remarkable ones. So how do you become a remarkable leader? One word: coaching.

Coaching provides benefits for both individuals and the companies for which they work. Here are some examples from a survey of 100 executives by Manchester Inc., primarily from Fortune 100 companies. The first finding from this survey related to organizations noticing direct improvements as a result of executives receiving coaching. Some of the benefits included:

  • 53% of the companies reported an increase in productivity
  • 48% reported improved quality
  • 39% reported improved customer service
  • 34% said they had a reduction in customer complaints
  • 23% said they had an overall organizational cost reduction
  • 22% said they gained improvement in their bottom line profitability.

In addition, the executives that received coaching also reported direct benefits for themselves and their working relationships with others including:

  • 77% said they saw improvement in working relationships with direct reports
  • 71% saw improvement in working relationships with immediate supervisors
  • 67% said that teamwork improved
  • 63% saw improvement in working relationships with peers
  • 37% saw improvement in working relationships with customers.

On top of this, 61% of executives reported improved job satisfaction, 52% noticed conflict reduction and 44% indicated a renewed organizational commitment, all as result of coaching.

Coaching is an excellent way to propel leadership. My experience with good leaders is that they possess an innate drive and intellect that enables them to have greater self-awareness, to engage others, to achieve results, to build valuable partnerships, and to build an innovative organization. Through coaching, leaders learn to build competencies that make them remarkable.

There are many traits that both good and great leaders possess, but here are ten competencies that I have noticed make the difference between great and remarkable leaders.

  1. Great leaders are self-aware. Remarkable leaders set the example.
  2. Great leaders are comfortable with ambiguity. Remarkable leaders search for challenges and opportunities proactively.
  3. Great leaders build trust by being honest and respectful. Remarkable leaders foster collaboration.
  4. Great leaders provide staff with necessary support so they can contribute to the organization’s goals. Remarkable leaders enlist staff and others to achieve organizational goals.
  5. Great leaders work with the organization to create a vision. Remarkable leaders envision the future.
  6. Great leaders keep an ‘open mind’ to new ideas and approaches and how these could be incorporated into existing practices. Remarkable leaders experiment and take risks.
  7. Great leaders keep staff focused on the organization’s desired objectives. Remarkable leaders recognize staff contributions and create a spirit of community.
  8. Great leaders develop competence. Remarkable leaders inspire others.
  9. Great leaders expect the best. Remarkable leaders do the best.
  10. Great leaders foster good relationships. Remarkable leaders have good relationships.

If you aspire to be a remarkable leader, your starting point is with a confidential coach. Are you ready to take the next step to becoming a remarkable leader? A remarkable coach is just a phone call away.