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What is Leadership Coaching Psychology?

Updated on July 28, 2015

Leadership Coaching Psychology

Leadership coaching psychology is a term you'll see thrown around here and there. But, does it really mean anything, or does it just sound like something very important and impressive?

Leadership and Coaching

There are coaches who call themselves leadership coaches, but at the core of any type of coaching is the development of the client's leadership skills. For certain coaches – executive, athletic, and success, leadership skills are front and center. However, all coaching involves the potential for leadership that all individuals have – whether they are leading others or just themselves.

Yes – all coaches are leadership coaches in one way or another.

Leadership, Coaching, and Psychology

When we throw psychology into the mix, we create a framework in which the coach develops leadership. Warren Bennis, a scholar, author, and a consultant who is widely regarded as the father of the field of contemporary leadership said, “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”

This is your job as a coach. Your leadership coaching psychology must include changing vision into reality. You leadership coaching psychology is the framework you use to help turn a client's vision of their future into a reality; to turn their dreams and goals into actual achievements.

Leadership Coaching Psychology – Do You Have One?

Do you have a leadership coaching psychology with which you coach? Do you have your own vision for your coaching practice that you have turned into a reality? If not, you need to work on yourself before you can truly coach others to find the outcomes they seek. You need to have a basic psychology of coaching that incorporates leadership into every session.

First You Must Have Vision

Having vision doesn't mean you have a Magic 8 ball you can ask about the future. Having vision means you can visualize the future, and then you can develop strategies to make that future a reality. That is your own vision for yourself as a coach.

Helping your clients have vision means you assist them with identifying goals, and creating their own future possibilities. That is you the coach, helping your clients make their vision a reality.

Then You Must have Leadership

Finding ways to get to that future through passion, hard work, patience, flexibility, and perseverance means you have to be the leader of yourself. Finding ways to help your clients get to their visualized futures means you have to be someone who can lead them, not to the answer, but to ways of finding an answer. You must be a leader.

In the End You Need Psychology to be a Coach

The simplest definition of psychology is that it is the study of the mind and behavior. It helps to explain thoughts, feelings, emotions, and behavior. Now, that's what coaching is all about – thoughts, feelings, behavior, and the mind. Put it all together and you have leadership coaching psychology. You have a framework in which to build a successful coaching practice. You have the framework in which to help clients achieve their dreams and goals.


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