The Leader's Journey is a process, which leverages more than seven decades of research
utilizing Keirsey Temperament Theory. The Leader's Journey methodology is a framework for developing highly effective leaders, which has been proven across a wide spectrum of industries. World-class leaders in business, government, academic institutions, social enterprises, and faith based organizations have experienced the results of the Leader's Journey paradigm first hand.
How does Leader's Journey differ from other coaching models? Most coaching models focus on behavioral change. That is, modification of a leader's behavior through hard work and effort. The approach assumes that "effort equals results". And often starts with the belief that we can become "whoever we want to be" and do "whatever we want to do" with enough effort. At Keirsey, we do believe in "effort" and we do believe in "results." However, we believe that in order to attain distinctive, substantial and enduring results, that one's efforts needs to be allocated strategically. In other words, we believe that not all desired outcomes may be the best way to spend one's efforts.
Although we believe that leaders can be "good" or even "great" at many things, fundamentally, we believe that each leader has certain areas where they can be absolutely "brilliant" or be one of the "best" in their field. The Leader's Journey philosophy is that leaders ought to focus on areas where they have potential to be brilliant/best, rather than on areas where they can be good/great. Instead of coaching for behavioral change, Leader's Journey helps individuals to identify and maximize their greatest strengths. By identifying the natural, inborn talents of leaders, we help leaders become more of who they were meant to be—by tapping into more of who they already are.
We recognize that not all leaders are the same, and not all leaders take the same developmental paths to grow in their leadership. Every leader who goes through Leader's Journey does so with different objectives, goals, and outcomes. The leadership development strategy for each leader takes into account their inborn temperament, leadership experience, style, scale of influence, and perceived area of need. The Leader's Journey coaching process is a uniquely designed framework to help a leader successfully reach their intended objectives. A coach facilitates a leader through seven stages to reach a strategic outcome. The seven stages of the Leader's Journey process are as follows:
In this first stage, the process involves a deep inquiry into the life of the individual leader. This stage, in essence is to understand the leader's inborn temperament, leadership experience, style, scale of influence and their perceived area of need. We have a leader reflect on their journey thus far, through a series of assessments, questionnaires and interviews. Our goal in this stage is to discover the leader's distinctive make up by defining their reality and discovering a starting point.
In this second stage, we analyze and make sense of all the information gathered during discovery. This stage, in essence is an interpretation of the leader's present life and future. It is a collaborative process between the coach and the leader, where analysis is conducted on the potential direction for the coaching engagement. Our goal in this stage is to identify the significant issues that will be focused on through the coaching process.
In this third stage, we develop a set of specific objectives, and set strategic outcomes for the individual to achieve through the coaching process. This stage, in essence is about creating the unique vision and mission for the coaching engagement. The coach and the leader agree on a strategic plan which will govern the direction, pace, and tone of the engagement. Our goal in this stage is to build a strategy to reach our objectives, and set benchmarks to assess progress.
In this fourth stage, we execute the strategy that was planned. This stage, in essence is to take action on the mission to fully realize the vision. During this stage the coach keeps the client accountable to live out the strategy in daily life. Both the coach and the leader take whatever steps are necessary to follow through, and maintain the momentum of the engagement. Our goal in this stage is to effectively carry out the plans which were set.
In this fifth stage, we assess progress in order to make any necessary adjustments. This stage, in essence is very much like a half time report, where there are opportunities to reevaluate, regroup, and reset. This is the stage where we pause to see if the execution is being carried out effectively. We want to make sure that the execution will continue to lead toward reaching the vision. Our goal in this stage is to make sure that the targets we are hitting are aligned to the vision.
In this sixth stage, we carefully examine and articulate the reasons for success and failure throughout the process. This stage, in essence is where we capture the leadership insights gained through the experience. It is where we take the key learning insights, and make them tangible by codifying them in writing. Our goal in this stage is to help the leader define their philosophy or approach to the particular issue that we have worked through during the coaching engagement.
In this seventh stage, we have the leader take what they have learned and mentor someone else. This stage, in essence is where the leader solidifies their experience. It is the stage where we can really measure whether the leader has internalized their development. Our goal in this stage is for the leader to be able to develop in someone else, what was developed in them during the whole process. This is the true test of whether the leader has made strides in their own leadership.
To become certified in the Leader's Journey Coaching process, an individual must have a deep and broad understanding of Keirsey Temperament Theory, and must first become Temperament Certified. Once an individual is Temperament Certified, becoming certified in the Leader's Journey Coaching process is conducted One-on-One with a seasoned Leader's Journey Coach, and entails four stages:
Leader's Journey Coaches are insightful, natural listeners, ethical, strategic, patient, and adaptive. They are experts in understanding leaders and the unique challenges they face. The orientation of the coach is "forward," and centers on improvements in performance results. The Leader's Journey Coaching network is a select group of extraordinarily talented executive coaches who possess the following characteristics:
Leader's Journey Coaches have a track record of achieving distinctive and enduring performance outcomes for senior leaders of the Fortune 500, major academic institutions, government, non-profit, social enterprises and faith based organizations.
Leader's Journey Coaches are ferocious in their appetite to learn more about leadership and leaders. They are committed to reading, teaching, coaching, and being mentored in leadership studies and practices their entire lives. Leader's Journey Coaches are required to meet a high standard of criteria for ongoing leadership development in their own lives.
Leader's Journey Coaches are relentless about finding the greatest strengths of an individual. They are ever on the look out to help leaders grow in their greatest areas of potential brilliance. They are candid with clients when it seems that the outcomes sought are not in line with a client's greatest strengths.
Leader's Journey Coaches have the ability to engage their clients in such a way where clients are open, and show a willingness to trust and fully participate in the coaching process. They are trustworthy, have integrity, and can work in synergistic collaboration with their client.