What is the definition of leadership?

The definitions on leadership are vast and vary based on individual preferences. Our premise is that it is more beneficial to identify the core elements of leadership, than to find a universally accepted (single) definition. For us, the core elements of leadership are:

  • Create an inspiring vision that inspires others to follow willingly
  • Inspire Change
  • Lead by example
  • Serving others

What is the difference between leadership and management?

There are two schools of thought when it comes to leadership and management. Some believe the two concepts are the same; others believe they are not. At Talented Leader we believe there is a difference between a leader and a manager, based on what we have observed in practice. Some people are very gifted in the area of leadership, but they are not necessarily shining as managers. Some are good managers, but not good leaders. Others are well-balanced, all-rounders who are good at leading and managing. The best way to describe the difference between leadership and management is with an analogy. We see a leader as the one who decides against which wall to put the ladder. We see the manager as the one who decides how to climb that ladder. So, the leader sets the vision and the manager is responsible for the execution of that vision through actions such as planning and the overseeing of the work.

What is the difference between Mentoring and Coaching?

Mentoring is a relationship where a more experienced person provides advice, assistance and guidance to a lesser experienced person. In the work context, mentoring is especially useful for imparting valuable knowledge and life-lessons to protégés in the talent pipeline. It is extremely valuable as part of the Knowledge Management process.

In a Coaching relationship the Coach acts as a thinking partner that enables the Coachee to think critically through challenges, opportunities and expectations. The coaching experience is a life-enriching journey of self-discovery, learning new thinking skills, improving self-confidence, discovering and developing latent potential and acquiring lasting behavioural changes. It is truly a transformational process.

Why do I need a Coach?

Coachees often attribute the following results to the coaching process:

  • Better decision-making ability
  • Better problem-solving ability
  • Reduced stress and anxiety levels
  • Clarity about the future
  • Better defined goals
  • Better ability to achieve goals
  • Increased mental focus
  • A healthier level of self-confidence
  • A more balanced life

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