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Why do you want to be a leader?

You want to inspire and motivate others.

You know how to solve the challenges the organization is facing, and the next leadership level will broaden your impact.

You want to be able to create change.

You want a seat at the leadership table and make larger-scale decisions that drive the business.

Being a leader will recognize you for your expertise and accomplishment. And you want the opportunity to network with people across the organization.

Perhaps you want the increase in compensation, the ability to work from home, a dedicated parking space, greater flexibility in your schedule, the corner office.

Maybe you want to be a leader to learn a new set of skills such as influencing, coaching, executive presence, delegation, and more.

Or, maybe, you want the ability to control the outcome and get your way.

Why do you want to be a leader?

I’ve always had an interest and drive in supporting others as they grow. While some lost themselves in the latest fiction bestseller, I found myself diving into nonfiction, learning about how to lead others, team dynamics and managing change. This started 20+ years ago and it’s still that way. Right now, I’m enjoying…Think Again by Adam Grant and The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier.

Like many of us, I worked in toxic cultures with poor leadership. Wonderful examples that taught me the basics of how not to lead. Yet I wanted to learn how to lead myself and others effectively with confidence and compassion.

When I moved from individual contributor to leader, it was important to seek out ways for my team to grow and build their capacity as a cohesive, high-performing team, and as individual professionals. I wanted to design opportunities that created a safety net for them – a place to stretch, learn, perform, and grow, knowing they were supported and that I cared.

This is why leading others was and is important to me.

Before coaching a new framework, upleveling a leader’s skills, or identifying opportunities to fill a gap to position them to achieve a specific goal, we start with a single question.

This question helps to unlock your motivation for leading. It spotlights what’s important to you. And it helps to uncover whether a leadership role is the right next step in your career journey.

We work with professionals who know their answers to this question. And we guide professionals who aren’t sure – yet are willing and motivated to find out.

Why do YOU want to be a leader?

Author Jen O'Hare

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