Leading With Legacy
Oct 26, 2017
By: Tammy T. Jelinek
What do you mean I have to coach all the time?!?!
I am a leader. And for me leadership means so much. I lead as a new partner in a CPA and consulting firm. I lead people, projects, and lasting impacts for the legacy of the firm. I lead me. I lead those who are more tenured than I am as they transition into retirement. And I lead the next generation of leaders, who will not lead the same way the generations before them have led. That’s a lot of leading—right?!?!
Confused yet? Because some days I am.
No worries, I have a go-to suggestion—coaching. I love the coaching part of my job. And coaching is my go-to as a leader. Telling adults what to do is fruitless; it may work for a while, but eventually it’s a long, uphill battle. So I prefer to coach.
My first “aha!” when it came to coaching (and I will share many more through this blog) was that coaching is not an event—you know, a once-a-month thing during scheduled one-on-one meetings.
Coaching is active in every:
- Conversation (verbal or written)
- Action (because actions “speak” louder than words)
- Decision I make (or don’t make)
When I remember this, my days go better. When I forget this, my days can get muuuuuuuuuch longer.
Do you have a coaching go-to? Share, please. It’s always great when leaders can learn from others!
Wishing you a great day, and remember . . . Lead with legacy.
Tammy Jelinek has over 20 years of experience in working in and with fabulous organizations. This blog will explore what it’s like for her to lead as a woman, as a GenXer, and as a person who truly wants to lead with legacy—meaning she wants to walk her talk. Tammy has trained nationally across the United States, built businesses, coached amazing people, and built a career in the squiggliest path known to man…or in this case, woman. She has a passion for being curious, helping people, and making actions happen.
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