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Self as Coach, Self as Leader: Developing the Best in You to Develop the Best in Others




Self as Coach, Self as Leader: Developing the Best in You to Develop the Best in Others

Pamela McLean

ISBN: 978-1-119-56257-3 May 2019 224 Pages


Become a more effective leader by discovering the resources you already have

Pamela McLean, CEO and cofounder of the Hudson Institute for Coaching, has been at the forefront of the field for the past three decades, using clinical and organizational psychology to provide the highest-quality coaching and development training to professionals in organizations and solo practice worldwide. Now, Pamela is teaching readers to cultivate their leadership potential through “use of self as instrument,” a key dimension of developmental coaching that emphasizes the whole person. Her holistic methods give coaches and other leaders a clearer framework for getting to know themselves, exploring their multiple layers, and fostering their latent abilities so that they can foster the abilities of others.

Self as Coach guides you along a path that interweaves six broad dimensions of your internal landscape into the fabric of great coaching. This creates lasting improvements, unlike more common remedial, tactical, or performance-based programs, which often only function as short-term solutions.

  • Develop leadership skills using internal resources you already possess
  • Achieve real improvements with long-lasting benefits
  • Based on methodology proven successful in business and personal settings
  • Includes useful practices and exercises for self-reflection and brainstorming

Whether you’re an emerging or experienced coach, whether you want to grow your own leadership skills or develop them across an entire organization, Self as Coach can help. With its innovative approach, proven methods, and near-universal applicability, this book will not only provide effective instruction but also help you uncover lasting insights that will benefit you long after you’ve turned the last page.

Foreword xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction: Leaping into the Dark Woods xvii

Chapter 1 The Coach’s Internal Landscape Is Essential Development Territory 1

Chapter 2 Foundational Works Informing Our Internal Landscape 5

Chapter 3 Building Heat Through Cultivation of Self as Coach 35

Chapter 4 Presence 43

Chapter 5 Empathy 63

Applying Heat: Case Vignette I 79

Chapter 6 Range of Feelings 87

Chapter 7 Boundaries and Systems 101

Applying Heat: Case Vignette II 114

Chapter 8 Embodiment 121

Chapter 9 Courage 129

Applying Heat: Case Vignette III 141

Chapter 10 Supervision as a Medium for Cultivating Self as Coach 149

Chapter 11 Self as Leader 167

References 179

About the Author 185

Index 187