I have a confession to make. It’s a little embarrassing. Actually, its very embarrassing.
I am directionally challenged in a big way!
The other day, I was meeting with a client for the first time and parked in a parking garage. When leaving the garage, I didn’t look at the level I was on. Instead, I assumed I would know how to get back to my parking spot, because it appeared to be one level up and I only took one flight of stairs down.
My meeting went very well, but when I headed back to my car, I didn’t know how to get to my car.
I asked the front desk attendant which floor I might be on given the “one-flight-of-stairs” scenario. He then kindly stepped from behind his desk to escort me around. We went to one level, but that was not correct. As we proceeded to the next level, he began to talk me through the possibilities. Then, after a process of elimination, we landed on the right level.
He was my guide on my journey of disorientation. I thanked him for all of his help and then quickly, and with much humiliation, scurried to my car and out of the garage.
I know that this sounds pretty pitiful. It is one of my weaknesses. I am terrible with directions!
This makes me think about the journey of a leader.
Should leaders have to find their way all alone, or should they seek out and accept help from others?
We all need coaches and guides on our path to leadership excellence. We don’t just arrive without hard work, missteps and a little help along the way.
In my experience as an executive coach, it is as important that I have a coach to guide me on my professional journey. I am not perfect. I need unique and unfiltered insights to make me better at what I do for others. Professional coaches help you do that.
As we head into this new year, consider who you might look to as a coach, mentor and guide. We will all make mistakes, because that is where we learn the most. Nonetheless, bring a coach along for the ride and your successes and journey will be much more smooth and memorable.
Thank you for reading this article. I hope my example will propel you forward in the new year. Think of a coach as the kind sir who helped me find my way. Investing in one will make a huge difference in your journey.
Cheers to being the best you can be!
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