Leadership in Coaching
In the most basic and convenient definition of fulfillment: “A coach’s role is to challenge clients to pursue their fulfillment, in spite of the circumstances, in spite of the voices all around them offering bad advice and contrary agendas, and in spite of the client’s own inner saboteur” (Kimsey, H., Kimsey-House, K., Sandahl, P., and Whitworth, L, 2011, p. 128). As ADHD Coaches work individually and together, sharing their perspectives, ideas and passion, each of us employs the 4 D’s of Personal Growth: 1) dedication 2) determination 3) desire and 4) discipline to make a difference for their ADHD clients. Through their aspirations and goals, regardless of the obstacles ADHD clients encounter, coaches will succeed and make a difference.
Our individual and combined views will go through the optimal process of what Frankl (1984) advocated, “What matters is to make the best of any given situation” (p. 162). He further explained and defined the word best as: Tragic optimism. . .in view of the human potential, what at best always allow for: 1.) turning suffering into human achievement and accomplishment; 2.) deriving from guilt the opportunity to change oneself for the better; and 3.) deriving from life’s transitory as incentives to take responsible actions (p. 162).
While all of us face challenging situations during the learning voyage, it is our combined strengths from family, friends and fellow peers that will come together, allowing us to turn any situation into an opportunity to change for the better. The challenge is to realize that each individual demonstrates their learning skill at a different level all meaningful learning. Taking this into consideration, each person will learn from others and will appreciate the diversity of interpretations of the teachings.
Mahatma Gandhi boldly proclaimed, “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty” (Prochanow & Prochanow, 1986, p. 111). Faith is what will carry us forward; faith grounded in a common cause and in each other. Therefore always remember to have faith in people!
As leaders, we must not only embrace change within the ADHD community but restore faith in those we serve. To get engaged, leaders [like yourselves] must be encouraged to move in a new direction. Knowledge and understanding along will not promote change. It takes a level of sensory awareness that leaves every nerve ending alive with the moment. It also takes vigilant awareness with an acute ability to hear the concerns, feel the pain and see the ever increasing difficulties in the lives of those who are served (Braye, 2002, p. 299).
The quality of leadership conjures up the perception of innovation, an obligation to serve, and the willingness and ability to follow as well as lead “hierarchically above and below, [to be] individualistic and [a] team player, and above all, a perpetual learned” (Schein, 1996, p. 69). Leaders who have the knowledge and the skills in congruence with those taught in coaching and mentoring courses are in a position to assist their client’s achieve their next level of greatness.
Braye, R. H. (2002). Servant-Leadership: Leadership in today’s military. In L.C. Spears & M. Lawrence (Eds.), Focusing on leadership: Servant-Leadership for the 21st century. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
Frankl, V. E. (1994). Man’s search for meaning (Revised and updated version of 1948 Der Unwusste Gott and the 1975 English translation entitled The Unconscious God). New York: Knopf.
Kimsey-House, H., Kimsey-House, K., Sandahl, P. and Whitworth, L. (2011), Co-Active Coaching: Changing business transforming lives, 3rd Edition, Boston: Nicholas Brealey Publishing.
Prochanow, J. & Prochanow, S. (1986). Unpublished Manuscript. New York: Knopf.
About Albert Chavez
Dr. Albert Chavez’s pledges to empower and mentor each student-learner in obtaining their level of greatness and performance they seek in fulfilling their academic as well as project requirements. He promotes a high level of ethics and integrity designed to enhance professional development, and scholarship along with academic enrichment to all. Dr. Chavez is an engaging and passionate educator, consultant, mediator, and ADHD & Life Coach as well as inspires and support diversified student learning.
Dr. Chavez earned a Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership – University of Phoenix, Master of Law in Employment Law – Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, Juris Doctor – Taft Law School and MA Economics – New Mexico State University. He is a certified Human Capital Strategist. He completed the JST Training, Coaching Teens & College Students with ADHD in 2015.
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