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Eq #24. Take a Stand > COACHING TIPS FOR THE COACH/TRAINER

COACHING TIPS FOR THE COACH/TRAINER

Leaders set direction. Leaders decide on what is important for the work team and where the priorities and resources are best allocated. Although the best leaders do this through involvement and influence rather than strong-arm tactics, nonetheless, the leader is the visionary who decides on the path. One common concern of followers is that some leaders do not take a stand when, indeed, it is the leader's responsibility to do so.

Emotionally intelligent leaders recognize that it is important to take a stand. The leader's commitment to the goal leads the way for others to be committed to the goal. When leaders waver, or send mixed messages about the importance of a decided path, followers become confused or even angry. That's not to say that leaders can't change their minds after listening to and engaging their followers. We're talking instead here about leaders who do not give consistent messages about direction and vision and how this can damage bonds and cause followers to question their leader's contribution.


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