As a leader, you are juggling a myriad of competing, conflicting, and unprecedented pressures with decreasing resources, a huge array of initiatives to implement and rigorous layers of accountability, and this is both daunting and exhausting. This complexity, immediacy, overabundance of information, and potential for distraction has consequences for everyone, and is perhaps most particularly felt for school leaders, because you must lead and show the way forward during a period in which the education sector is undergoing transformational and truly groundbreaking change. You are called to wear too many hats: a visionary in swiftly shifting environments, a change agent, instructional leader, curriculum and assessment expert, fiscal and budget analyst, facility manager, special program administrator, community builder, and you must take care of yourself and your family. The bottom line: Leaders are extraordinarily stressed and frequently lack resources and supports for building and nurturing your own leadership practices with profound effects on you emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually.
What is Leadership Coaching
Leadership coaching is a personalized, confidential structured support, either in person or over the phone, to reflect and to understand your deepest values, gain new perspectives and adopt new behavioral practices that strengthen your leadership and your life. As a supportive partner, Valerie works with you to provide accountability, rather than prescribing solutions or fixing. You choose the topic, set the agenda and Valerie listens, asks powerful questions, makes comments, and provides behavioral practices to help you move toward your deepest values and goals.
Leadership Coaching is Ideal for You if You:
- Sense that you are at the edge or in full-blown burn out
- Put your self-care last and sometimes believe that it is ‘selfish’ to take care of yourself
- Want to improve you leadership skills with ongoing, confidential support and not one-off trainings loaded with ‘good ideas’
- Want to move your leadership skills beyond annual performance reviews
- Seek to develop new competencies, qualities, and ways of being that support you
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