Coaching: The Secret Code to Uncommon Leadership


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Coaching: The Secret Code to Uncommon Leadership

By Ruchira Chaudhary
Published by: Penguin Random House

This book lucidly illustrates how a leader can bring out the very best in people by coaching them, and how coaching can unleash creativity as well as innovation while inspiring teams to play to their potential. The principles enunciated here are valid not merely in business organizations but in any area where coaching is imparted to the team members. The book is authored by a highly accomplished industry practitioner, Ruchira Chaudhary, who has immense hands-on experience in the area in different geographies and industries. The book also examines how coaching helps leaders maintain a fine balance between managing and guiding, and between appraising and supporting their teammates.

“As leaders, we must be humans before managers.” This is the premise for Uncommon Leadership. Good managers may not necessarily be equipped with the skills to coach; hence, a conscious building up of capacity may be called for to have those unbiased, connected conversations. That is the secret code way of enabling this.

The book highlights explicitly what happens when coaches get to work with the 4C+ Model, where Capability, Clarity, Confidence and Consciousness emerge as a result of having a coach supporting leaders and managers who are navigating the present VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity) world.

The influence of culture is an important element in the effective leveraging of coaching; hence the need to consciously build a culture in a way that it supports the Uncommon Leadership. “Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast” is a popular adage in this context.

We are witnessing unprecedented disruption and change in the society and organizations, especially in the wake of the pandemic COVID-19. The author offers a comprehensive view of coaching for novices and also offers new perspectives for those who are already familiar with the lore to integrate it into organizations for enhancing performance.