What begins as an interest to help and nurture often leads to a career of leading others towards excellence. The differentiator? A great leader. While there is no perfect leader, the making of a great one includes basic skills and traits that are delicately balanced and perfected over time. The journey usually starts as an expert, then progresses to mentorship and ultimately to coaching, where an individual client or team is guided to grow into the best version of themselves. So, what are the fundamental qualities of each and where do you fit in?
- Expertise is the foundational part of the journey. The authority of an expert comes directly from their years of experience in their industry, but it also comes from a lifelong commitment to honing and improving their skills and knowledge. If this trait is properly developed, an expert can show their peers what excellence looks like in their industry and lead by example. With this comes the respect of clients and employees, and ultimately credibility of work and capabilities.
- Mentorship builds on an expertise. While a mentor uses their skills to share their expertise, they are also building a longer-term relationship with individuals that is focused on the totality of professional or personal development. A mentor is there to support their mentee’s growth on a broader level, seeing them develop into a full-fledged professional capable of leading themselves.
- Mentoring often flows directly into coaching, which involves specific skills to reach specific outcomes. A coaching curriculum is goal-oriented and the results are measurable. A client or employee will generally look for guidance from someone who is certified and trained in their field, and offers skill sets that directly impact the outcome desired. This often means helping clients develop into their own experts.
Great leaders usually possess many of these characteristics and have the ability to positively influence their peers and clients in ways that allow them to excel beyond their existing abilities. This is needed now more than ever as corporations transform, individual purpose and priorities change, and the world goes back to new ways of working.
At Viveka, we support all three elements powered by technology that makes leadership effortless, productive and fun. Our platform provides coaching and training for individuals and enterprise to grow and adapt to emerging environments, such as the hybrid workplace.
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