The words ‘to coach, mentor, counsellor and tutor’ tend to be used as if they’re interchangeable. However, coaching, mentoring, counselling and tutoring fit on a continuum.
It was in 1957, addressing the Australian Institute of Management, that Field Marshall Sir William Slim, then Governor General of Australia, remarked, “Leadership is of the spirit…its practice is an art. Management is of the mind… its practice is a science.
Success in today’s volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world, involves individuals and organisations coping with change. Those leading this change – and influencing others to achieve this change effectively – need high quality leadership skills.
Everyone faces problems. Even if we call them ‘opportunities’, they’re still problems. While humanity hasn’t yet found a satisfactory process which will solve all our problems, there are some problem-solving approaches and techniques that can prove effective – especially in a work context, notably with regard to three key issues for leaders: change, teambuilding and communication.
Every Leader or Manager has a natural style of leadership - a "personality" - that is innate in them all.
However, the most successful leaders are chameleons: they can take on the role of Directors, Facilitators or Motivators depending on what challenges they are facing at the time.