Why Your Leadership Coach?

by | Feb 11, 2019 | Book Recommendations, Leadership Training, Sixty(ish) Seconds with Shawn

As we begin this leadership journey together, I want to share with you why I created Your Virtual Coach in this first leadership training session…

Leadership Training Session Video


Session Outline

My passion to equip leaders and their team for maximum influence. I have the opportunity to live out this passion in many different facets, one of which is this blog. I actually began blogging back in 2010. The site was so primitive it was laughable, but I faithfully wrote because I wanted to share the leadership lessons I had learned with other aspiring leaders. Throughout my journey as a leader and a blogger, I’ve discovered three facets of our leadership journeys.

3 Valuable Lessons on Leadership

  1. There is no “one size fits all” leadership journey or style. Leadership isn’t dependent on age, your job, your strengths and weaknesses. Two completely different people can both be effective leaders.
  2. Even though there is no “one size fits all”, there are principles that transcends age, gender, or experience.
  3. Many potential leaders don’t progress (or even start) on their leadership journey. Why? They might not know where to begin, or were somehow derailed off the path. Maybe you can relate. After talking to potential leaders, I realized they simply need a coach. They need someone to encourage, challenge, and inspire them. But most of all, they simply need someone who believes in them. 

As I look back over my leadership journey, I realize that I have been blessed with mentors and coaches. Men and women who took the time to invest in me. People who saw latent potential and had patience to help me develop it. And that’s why I started this blog, Your Virtual Coach.

This blog is an avenue to help aspiring leaders like yourself become the best version of yourself so that you can lead others to be the best versions of themselves.  

Your Virtual Coach 101

  1. Weekly leadership training sessions. These are broken down into three categories: personal leadership, public leadership, and leadership fundamentals. Just like the foundation, walls, and roof are necessary for a house. These categories are vital for effective leadership.
    • Personal Leadership is the foundation of the house. Everything else rests upon it. In his book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, Stephen Covey says, “Private victory precedes public victory”. If we want to be effective at leading others, then we first must be effective at leading ourselves. These personal leadership sessions will focus on building your foundation of internal leadership.
    • Public Leadership is the walls of the house. It is what people notice when they visit. John Maxwell says, “If no one is following you, then you are just taking a walk.” At some point, we must move beyond leading ourselves and begin leading others. These sessions focus on external leadership.
    • Leadership Fundamentals is like the roof. Many people don’t notice the roof but it’s necessary to protect what’s inside the house. Leadership fundamentals are not flashy, but they protect your leadership from both internal and external forces that can destroy it. Forces like pride, character compromises, poor decision-making, and so on. These sessions focus on the habits and disciplines that refine a person’s leadership.
  2. At the end of each session, I’ll lay out the game plan. It’s going to include some takeaways that can be put into practice right now. Also, the game plan will include what I like to call the “tweetable” lesson. This is a short phrase or quote that will help you remember and apply what we discussed in the session.
  3. Each video will include session notes (which is what you are currently reading). These are essentially an outline of the session and are beneficial for visual learners or those who want to review what we’ve discussed.

Today’s Game Plan

  1. What’s your blog? I don’t mean an actual blog. But what’s your platform or what’s a passion that you have that you can leverage to help others out? Every leader needs an avenue to come alongside others and help them.
  2. Are you a leader? This blog is for leaders, and many of you may be wondering if that includes you. Take some time this week and think about how you would define a leader. Next session, we are going to answer the question, “Is Everyone a Leader?”

Tweetable Lesson