198: Elevate Yourself and Your Team Through Coaching with Dr. Richard Levin

Whether you’re a leader or a manager, the chances are that you occasionally (or regularly) find yourself dealing with difficult situations. Coaching is an increasingly popular way of helping people develop the skills, habits, and mindsets needed to reach their full potential by better understanding themselves, their goals, and the situations they encounter.

Today’s guest is Dr. Richard Levin. Richard is widely recognized as one of the first executive coaches. He is one of a half-dozen global leaders who have created and shaped the coaching profession since its inception in the 1980’s.

As the founder and principal of Richard Levin & Associates (the first executive coaching firm, and the first network of independent executive coaches); as co-author of the popular and powerful book Shared Purpose: Working Together to Build Strong Families and High Performance Companies; and as a founder of Boston University’s Center on Work and Family, Richard has stretched the boundaries of creativity, inclusiveness, and collaboration to build extraordinary organizations.

Richard and I talk about coaching – what coaching is, how it’s different from therapy or advising, who should get coaching, the future of coaching, and what to do if you or a team member want coaching but your organizanization doesn’t have the budget for it.

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Read the related blog article: Executive Coaching Isn’t Just for Executives


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Key Takeaways:

  • Dr. Richard Levin, a psychologist by training, founded the world’s first “executive coaching firm” in the 1980’s. Since then, the field has grown exponentially.
  • Coaching helps leaders become their best selves. It can include everything from avoiding burnout to communication skills.
  • Coaches act as thought partners to figure out solutions togethers. Experienced coaches can offer advice but the best solutions tend to come from within the client.
  • Coaches can observe managers and their teams in real time in order to get first-hand information. Nowadays they can do it virtually via Zoom.
  • Professional coaches are not just for C-Suite executives but for any employee who wants to develop.
  • Large organizations are starting to hire coaches for each manager. This allows managers to keep confidences with their client while also working with other coaches to identify systemic issues and trends within the organization.
  • Consultants and coaches are starting to work together to make large-scale changes that uplift the entire organization.
  • Ask your manager about the possibility of working with a coach to support your growth. Be specific about what you want to develop and how coaching could enable you to better deliver results.
  • Suggest a team member work with a coach only if they can identify their areas for growth, have a desire to change, and believe in coaching as an approach.

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