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Coaching Leaders: Guiding People Who Guide Others by Marshall Goldsmith, Daniel White

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Chapter 14

Coaching Themes Familiar and Unique

Even though every leader is different, some leaders share the same developmental themes. Although my sample of one hundred clients is small, examining their developmental themes can be enlightening. It can tell us something about the challenges many leaders face. And it can give coaches some insight into how to work with clients facing similar challenges.

This chapter describes some of these recurring themes and summarizes cases of leaders who successfully addressed them.

HAVING TO BE RIGHT

Being smart and having answers can propel people into positions of leadership. However, once someone is in a leadership position, always having the right answers becomes a liability. Such certainty can damage ...

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