Knowing what leadership approach is best for you and your organization is harder than ever. Leadership is an increasingly prevalent topic for books, articles, and podcasts, which has created an abundance of noise around competing narratives and contradictory advice. Because no single approach fits every leader, it is critical to find one that aligns with your unique style, beliefs, and values. 

For me, leadership has always been about making people feel valued and safe — that they are provided opportunities to grow and that they feel part of something larger than themselves. It means pushing people to learn, create, adapt, and be comfortable being uncomfortable. At its core, it means giving people a strong sense of purpose.

When I started to think about leaving the corporate world and starting my own endeavour, I knew that leadership had to be a core offering. The demand for evidence-based leadership training was obvious, but it had to stand out from other programs. It had to be an offering that aligned with my values and beliefs, was well-tested, and that I knew would make a difference to any client group that it was shared with. 

I found what I was looking for when I met Shana Ring from Destination Leadership. Shana founded Destination Leadership in 2007 and later designed and founded Destination Leadership’s flagship program, EXPEDITION Coaching. The program provides participants with key leadership skills using a coach approach in the workplace. This approach focuses on empowering individuals and teams. Leaders act as coaches and walk alongside their teams to develop their skills, achieve their goals, and maximize their potential. 

By utilizing a coach approach, leaders unlock far-reaching benefits for their organizations. They foster a sense of autonomy with their teams by encouraging them to take initiative, make decisions, and contribute to the overall success of the company. A coach approach encourages individuals to find ways to overcome challenges themselves, holding each team member as capable rather than rushing to fix problems. 

Communication is enhanced through active listening as leaders who utilize a coach approach are skilled at asking powerful questions, facilitating meaningful conversations, and building strong relationships. Over time, the coach approach fosters a positive and supportive culture in the workplace. Individuals feel heard, valued, understood, respected, and trusted. This in turn contributes to leading to higher morale and team cohesion.

Finally, a coach approach encourages a mindset of continuous improvement as leaders and team members look for ways to learn, grow and contribute to the overall success of the organization.

While the above benefits are important, the greatest advantage of taking a coach approach to leadership is building and maintaining trust. With trust as the foundation for your teams and your organization, your employees will achieve their goals and your workplace will thrive. If you would like to learn more about the coach approach or how you can find the best leadership style for you and your organization, please reach out.

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