Are you a new manager?
Become a more effective leader, and get your team to communicate, collaborate, and deliver meaningful results…all while keeping your sanity.
You want to succeed right away
- You’re in a leadership role because someone saw your potential, and you don’t want to disappoint them. You’d like to help your team really rock – but they’ve been working with a different manager or doing things their own way for awhile. You have to balance taking the time you need to understand the organizational culture with your desire to make things happen.
You want to build trust and respect with your team, but you’re new in your role
- You need to build trust quickly, but sometimes it’s tricky. Maybe you’re new to the organization. Or maybe you’re supervising your colleagues and friends. Perhaps your relationship with your own supervisor has shifted. If you’re like most new managers, you need open, honest communication – while holding your authority. And your teems needs support — right away — without micromanaging.
You feel pulled between the needs of your team and the expectations of your supervisors
- When everyone’s goals line up, leadership is easy. But what if your supervisor wants one thing and your team needs something else? Maybe you have a team member who’s not pulling their weight, or who’s going through a personal crisis. Or maybe your team members are doing well in their individual roles, but they aren’t working well together.
You need a good way to deal with stress
- When you’re a new manager, it all starts and stops with you. You need to find ways to keep yourself motivated. You have to set priorities and manage your time. You have to manage your stress and accept your own limitations – and at the same time show up in an authentic, meaningful way.
It’s tough to balance all this: at least half of all new managers have significant trouble making the shift from high-performing worker to effective leader.
Leadership Coaching can help you ease into your role with fewer missteps, less stress, and more team engagement. With the right support, you’ll run into fewer roadblocks and be more able to take strategic action. You’ll be better equipped to set appropriate boundaries (an essential first step), and keep your perspective.
Imagine how much easier it would be to have someone in your corner, while you develop these essential leadership skills?
- Articulate a compelling vision which inspires your team…and yourself
- Communicate with authority and credibility
- Stay focused on your most important priorities, even when you’re balancing multiple projects
- Strengthen your confidence and well-being
- Develop an effective leadership style
With the right support, you can become an effective front-line leader.
Here’s how it works
We’ll talk about your situation, challenges, and goals, and create an action plan with accountability and milestones, so you can see progress over 3 to 6 months.
- First we’ll get your frustrations and challenges out on the table to clear your head
- Next we’ll talk about your ideal workplace environment…the one that would make you want to jump out of bed every morning with excitement and confidence
- Then we’ll create simple, actionable steps you can take to improve things right away
- After that we’ll make a longer term plan to make bigger things happen
- We’ll deal with challenges along the way, and have fun while doing it
Here are some of the things Leadership Coaching can help you do:
- Clarify your values and purpose so you can present your views more with more confidence
- Increase your team’s productivity
- Gain a better understanding of how others see you and make shifts that can enhance your effectiveness
- Set boundaries that will help you delegate effectively and balance different roles
- Shift beliefs that could be holding you back
- Increase your awareness of some of your blind spots so that you have more impact
- Take appropriate, thought-through risks and make courageous decisions
If your organization offers mentoring or in-house training, by all means take advantage of it! But not all organizations offer mentors, and even excellent in-house training tends to be one-size-fits-all.
Leadership Coaching offers individualized support so you can zoom in on the areas you need most. In fact, some organizations pay for outside coaching for a specific period of time, because the benefits can affect the entire organization.
How long does Leadership Coaching take to work?
The length of Leadership Coaching depends on your situation, experience, and goals, although I typically work with people from 3 months to 3 years. A typical coaching agreement lasts for 6 months, with well-defined goals and benchmarks for success, and includes a process for measuring change. At that point if you would like to continue coaching, we create a new plan and a new agreement.
I’ve been a manager for a few years already. Can Leadership Coaching still help?
Absolutely. Anyone who wants to be a better leader, to better navigate challenges, be more proactive, or advance in their organization can benefit from Leadership Coaching.
What does a productive Leadership Coaching session look like?
Each time we meet we’ll talk about what you’ve accomplished, your wins and challenges, and the topic you’ve decided to focus on for the day. As your Coach, I’ll pose questions, offer perspective, and challenge assumptions. Toward the end of the session we’ll outline what you’ve learned and create an action plan for the next 1-2 weeks.
How does mindfulness help leadership?
Mindfulness is a way of training your mind to focus on one thing at a time, so you can take thoughtful and effective action even in the midst of chaos. With mindfulness, you’ll be better able to…
- Respond to people and situations rather than react
- Calm the mind so you can focus instead of worrying or obsessing
- Create space between projects, so you’re making choices instead of rushing from one task to another
- Take the time to consider multiple perspectives, so you can think clearly and make sound decisions
- Balance your work and personal life so you can perform your best
Here’s what people say about Pat:
“In the Bay Area you have many choices when you seek help. Pat is the one I turn to, since she is very intelligent, but warm, caring and creative at the same time. Her techniques are based in reality…nothing you couldn’t imagine trying as you battle life’s challenges. I recommend her highly.”
“Pat is a wonderful and compassionate Coach. She really helps you understand how you can improve yourself and find ways to achieve success. Her professional knowledge is superior.”
Greg Smith, Architect
Why work with Pat?
I help managers managers build the vision, focus, confidence, and communication skills they need to succeed as a leader. I teach “Mindful Leadership in the Workplace” through UC Berkeley Extension, and am the author of “Small Change, Big Results: How Simple Actions Can Reshape Your Life.” For 12 years, I worked as Director of Operations and Program Director in a large Bay Area community-based non-profit agency. I also do in-house Leadership Training — check out my Leadership Classes.
I invite you to fill out the Leadership Coaching assessment on the right. This will give both of us a clearer picture of what you’re good at and what skills you want to develop.
If you’re intrigued by what you see, then let’s set up a complimentary “Be an Extraordinary Leader” telephone session. During that session we will:
- Clarify what you want your workplace and your team to be like.
- Create a 3-step plan to help you develop the skills you need to make it happen.
- Look at what’s getting in your way (this might be obvious, but sometimes it’s a real surprise!)
- Come up with at least one action step for you to take in the next week
You walk away renewed and excited about your new leadership opportunity.
Take the quiz on the right, and then schedule your complimentary phone conversation.