Balanced Leadership Coaching is a blended coaching model that focuses on providing education leaders and leadership teams, at the district and school level, with leadership coaching and consulting. Essentially, it is balance between coaching and consulting, as needed by the educational leaders. Peter Dewitt, Ed.D, a colleague and an educational Blogger for Education Weekly, surveyed principals about leadership coaching and asked what obstacles there were to obtaining a leadership coach and the main obstacle was the coach not having educational leadership experience. “Leaders and teachers want to know that the person coaching them understands the role they are trying to coach.”
The International Coaching Federation, which is the leading organization across the world that is dedicated to promoting the coaching profession through setting high standards, certifying coaches, and creating a core group of professional coaches defines coaching in the following way:
“Professional coaches provide an ongoing partnership designed to help clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Coaches help people improve their performances and enhance the quality of their lives.
Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customize their approach to individual client needs. They seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client; they believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful. The coach’s job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has.”
As a Balanced Leadership Coach I possesses not only coaching competencies as recognized by the International Coaching Federation, but years of educational experience at the classroom and district level along with years of providing educational consulting services to provide the best support to educational leaders so they can exceed their potential for the sake of the students they ultimately serve. As much as a coach believes in their clients to be “naturally creative and resourceful” there are times when it is necessary to provide personalized professional development to further enhance leadership “skills, resources, and creativity” that the principal or district administrator possess.
Educational leaders such as principals, superintendents and other district office administrators often see having a coach as a weakness because the positions they hold are viewed as leadership positions in which the person holding the position is capable of leading their school, district or department on their own. However, having a coach should not be a sign of weakness but a sign of strength and integrity to enhance your leadership capabilities to ensure school/district improvement goals come to fruition.
There are many successful people that have engaged the services of a coach for their personal and/or professional growth. Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, and Luciano Pavarotti all engaged the services of a coach as a means to enhance themselves personally as well as professionally.
In the field of education, instructional coaching for teachers has become commonplace over the past decade but educational leaders have been hesitant to engage the services of a leadership coach to enhance themselves personally and professionally. However, the tide is turning as the demands and challenges educational leaders are faced with on a daily basis are becoming greater and greater.
Now is the time to engage the services of a Balanced Leadership Coach to exceed your leadership potential. Strive to thrive personally and professionally for your benefit and the benefit of the students and staff in your school or district. It is time to hire a Balanced Leadership Coach.
My work with Tracey Shiel has benefited my staff, community, and most importantly my students.
Well versed with current research and the ability to affect change, Tracey supports me by asking the difficult questions that challenge my thinking. As a guide, Tracey helped me clearly assess where we were as a school, plan where we are going, and monitor our progress. My work with Tracey gets results for my students and provides me with a safety net when the going gets though.
—Dr. Susan Frampton | Principal