One of the things you’ll notice as you deepen yourself as a leader is it becomes less and less about having a conversation about leadership, and more about being in a conversation with someone as a leader. In the first of a series on leadership sand traps, Adam Quiney explains what these sand traps are and touches on why they exist, how you have no hope of avoiding them, and consequently, what to do about them. He also touches on the impact of your strong suit on the way you relate to people, and how, while it will earn you results and promotions, it will simultaneously become a sore point for you.
Most leaders and coaches are selling expertise, and frankly speaking, that doesn’t give their clients the ability to become leaders themselves. What a coach typically does is to give someone a path that they can follow and if they can’t, then they must not have been leadership material in the first place. This is where selling expertise falls short. It doesn’t give someone the ability to discover their own truth – the unique leadership potential that lurks within them. It only teaches leadership to those who look like the leader who’s teaching them. Why does this matter? It’s simply because our job as leaders is to create more leaders, not superficial mirrors of our abilities. Listen to this episode as Adam Quiney tells us what we can do to really be of service to others as leaders and coaches.