Leadership in today’s world requires us to look inside of ourselves. Effective leaders need a high level of self awareness, as well as the ability to connect with others they work with and for. Coaching gives time out to reflect and look at things from a different perspective which helps release creativity, generating new ideas.
- clear organisational vision and purpose
- the challenges of the change process
- reflection leading to creative responses
- well-being and emotional intelligence at work in an increasingly demanding environment
I have over 20 years’ experience of managing projects, people and teams within large national Children’s Charities at senior level. During this time I set up 3 successful large scale services working with commissioners and service users to design responsive, creative services.
The context for my organisational work is 5 DL (5 Dimensions of Leadership) Roger Evans 2018, a practical and deep psychological understanding of what it means to be a leader. I also incorporate mindfulness approaches into my coaching as required.
5 DL looks at the 5 essential areas which the author found to be present in effective leaders. Coaching focuses on developing these aspects and their interconnectedness, through support and challenge. The dimensions are;
- The ability to self-reflect
- Understanding our impact on other people, the dynamics that different individuals bring to one another, to groups and to teams
- Awareness of system dynamics and forces, building on the work of Peter Senge and Barry Oshry
- The ability to freely stand in the wind of the organisation; the Will to deliver and make good decisions in line with our values
- Ability to ask for appropriate help and support; openness to being supported
What coaching can offer
Coaching can support leaders meet the challenges of organisational life, from developing vision and purpose to how this these are translated into on- the- ground actions. It can support individuals at all levels of the organisation with work-life balance issues, emotional health in the workplace, managing workload.
Team coaching can help teams work more effectively together to improve outcomes. It is time out to reflect, to consider questions that they would not normally ask themselves and to establish ways of working that encourage using the skills in the team to the maximum.
For further discussion on what coaching could offer your organisation, please contact me for initial discussion.
Social Enterprises and not for profit organisations £60-75 per hour depending on size of organisation.
Private sector £100 per hour. This rate supports a small charity or social enterprise to receive lower cost coaching.
I worked with Ruth Bigger over the course of a year and found her to be an excellent coach. Ruth has a quiet, attentive style, and is a good listener. She gently (but sometimes, necessarily, persistently) challenged me in areas where I needed to think harder, and I always came away from our sessions (some took place in person and some over the phone) with new ideas or inspiration for new ways of thinking about people and situations. Ruth is an experienced human being who thoughtfully put her life/work experience to work on several of my challenges. I found her psychosynthesis training added to that lived experience – I found Ruth was able to offer thoughts or observations about my responses, patterns, and stances that helped me think more in the round. I made several key changes as a result of her support. Highly recommended.
Jane Davis, Founder and Director, The Reader.