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Running towards success: How executive coaching supports leaders to transform into champions

With Two Oceans ultra marathon behind us, and the big C (Comrades) about a month away, I pondered about the value of long-distance running and its link to success as a leader.


In running, the rhythm of each pounding step demonstrates the heartbeat of determination, echoing the relentless pursuit of achieving your big running goal. As a seasoned marathon runner and executive coach, I've witnessed the transformative power of pushing beyond limits, both on the road and in the boardroom. Picture yourself at the starting line of your business goal, fuelled by a burning desire to conquer the challenges that lie ahead, to lead with purpose and resilience. Crossing the finish line with pizzazz!


Just as every mile of a marathon tests your endurance and strength, the path to leadership success is fraught with obstacles and uncertainties. It's in these moments of struggle, on the road or in the boardroom, that the true champions emerge, those who are willing to dig deep, confront their fears, deal with pain and rise above adversity – the ability to overcome challenges, adapt to change, and emerge stronger than before. Much stronger.


Now imagine harnessing that same tenacity and drive to navigate the complexities of today's business landscape. What stands between you and your success? How might you mobilise the skills and insights you require to conquer your personal marathon? What do you need? Adaptability? Resilience? Informed decision making under pressure? Strategic thinking or effective stakeholder relations? What about emotion management? Micromanagement or empowering others?  How do you lead your team through technological change and disruption? How do you manage talent and succession planning in a high stakes’ environment? How do you enhance customer experience or navigate regulatory challenges? Does work-life balance even exist?


It’s not easy to be a leader .... and executive coaching might just become your secret weapon, empowering you to break through your perceived barriers, unleash your full potential, and lead with unwavering confidence. It is a journey of self-discovery and growth, where every session is a stepping stone towards achieving your boldest ambitions.


So, as you sprint towards the finish line of your business goal, envision yourself crossing it with pizzazz, your head held high and your spirit soaring. With every stride forward, you're one step closer to realizing your dreams. Embrace the challenge, seize the opportunity. Your victory lap awaits.

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