News From LBD

July 2014 Volume 6 Issue 7
    The Secret of All-Star Leadership

Today, the most popular Major League Baseball players will line up for the All-Star game in Minneapolis.
We're all familiar with the all-star designation. It's the mark of a special person who has risen above the regular talent pool to the extraordinary.
How does one become an All-Star?
Obviously some talent is required, however developing that talent is the key.Tonight's All-Stars have been coached, have worked hard and have developed themselves into the All-Star players they are today. So where do you start?
                  LEADERSHIP COACHING! 
Leadership coaches know the secret behind successful leadership development...aspiration.

    Aspiration is the foundation for Inspiration.

Aspiration is knowing that people generally are not satisfied with what they have; they seek more and greater things. Aspiration is the drive to complete.Top leadership coaches understand it's not what you have, it's what you want to achieve that will provide the fuel to get you to be an All-Star.
A good leadership coach will tap that fuel source and turn desire into action. 

      Leadership coaches don't tell, they show.


Aspiration is demonstrated whenever someone with great potential looks up to, or learns from, a high achiever. At the All-Star game, two Little League players will walk up to the pitcher's mound before the first pitch.The present, where those kids are now and where they would like to ultimately be, is their aspiration. 


One reason for the kids' participation is Little League's 75th anniversary this summer. Little League says it's the world's largest youth sports organization, so it's a smart move for Major League Baseball to spotlight the kids at the All-Star Game.

MLB aspires to remain America's national pastime and must nurture the next generation of sports fans. When those kids head to the mound, they will send a message to every kid and parent in the audience that a baseball park welcomes them to participate and have fun. The Little Leaguers won't need to say anything. Aspiration is stoked more by images and nonverbal communication.

A leadership coach shows what is possible and reveals concrete steps to get to the next level of achievement.


                             Key takeaways
A great leadership coach understands the aspirations of the client and seeks to demonstrate (through words and images) concrete ways of turning desire into success. A great leadership coach knows that showing, even more than telling, creates and feeds the sense of aspiration.

A coach like this knows how to tap into ones present gaps and future goals, and to turn that desire into positive energy. Without aspiration, there's little chance of inspiration.


Inspired By Molly Fletcher 



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Finding a Good Coach! 


Some people confuse coaches with traditional consultants. Unconsciously, people ask coaches to give advice. 


 The role of a coach is not to provide answers or solutions.

It is to help you develop the potential that lies within you, so you can increase your capability to overcome obstacles and achieve your goals.


Sometimes people expect coaches to be mentors. They want their coach to go before them and show them the way. However, a coach is not there to lead you.


The coach should help you discover where you are today, where you want to be in the future, and then equip you to lead yourself and others. 


So what should you look for when choosing a coach?


Focus: Are they focused on you and your goals?


Goal Directed: Coaching is not therapy. A coach should be committed to making you better at goal achievement. 


Empowering: The coach should create a safe place for you to mentally expand and develop, to empower you, not impress you.


Holistic: They should address your whole life enabling you to achieve greater satisfaction and harmony in your personal and professional life.


Responsive: It's all about your coach listening and responding, not fixing.  



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John Branstad

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"It's not who you are that holds you back. It's who you think your not."

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