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Choosing your leadership coach

Leadership coaching can have an enormous impct on the performance of your business providing you choose your coach well. A good coach will raise a school team to the top of the league and create world class performers out of talented amateurs. Every champion owes a great deal to his or her coach. So how do you choose a good coach?

Quintus Murphy

This is how Quintus of Cambridge matches up to the Forbes top 10 deciding factors when choosing a leadership coach:

1. Accreditation – contrary to the promotional marketing put out by accrediting bodies, the best accreditation is not a certificate but consistent results achieved in formidable circumstances. To become an Olympian, an athlete must compete with fellow Olympians – and win.

2. Fix-It Coaches – a short term solution is like a plaster: it makes the patient feel better but doesn’t prevent the accident from occurring. The good coach will help an athlete recuperate and emerge stronger than before and equipped to avoid repeating the injury.

3. Structured Processes – there was a particular school of fencing that taught a structured approach to the sport: if your opponent does this, do that, etc. Unsurprisingly the more fluid, responsive coaching styles prevailed.

4. Mindset – mindset is often key to success, but it is dangerous to impose a new mindset on an existing culture. The role of the coach is to open the mind to new ideas and nurture those that work best within the given environment.

5. Motivation – as with mindset, true motivation must come from within. A true positive mindset is built on the well-founded confidence that you truly have what it takes to succeed and win.

6. Law Of Attraction - the law of attraction is a footnote to motivation and mindset. Train hard, play easy.

7. Neuroscience – science is making constant improvements in things. But the fact remains that science is a comparatively young addition to the human condition. All the best consultancies are actively hiring people from humanities backgrounds. I wonder why?

8. Dependency – a good athlete relies on a good coach, but is not dependent on him or her. On the day of the match a well-coached team will win even if the coach isn’t there in person.

9. Specialisation – in today’s fast paced and international world, learning specific skills has lost much of its value. To compete and win it is more necessary than ever to have a broad foundation of knowledge and never stop learning.

10. Performance – performance can be a great motivator. But making performance an end it itself is dangerous. True high performance is built on genuine values, and the hard earned knowledge that the team truly have what it takes to win consistently.

Quintus Murphy


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