The difficulty is that you are so flat out looking after the biz and other people's needs that you may have forgotten to look after your own. Your focus has been on growing your people and growing the business. And rightly so. But there comes a point where eventually you find this is not giving you the return you'd hoped for.
So, you wind up exhausted, with no energy and very little "work/life balance".
Or you're "handling" so much internal politics and "patch wars" it can all seem a little bit overwhelming.
Or you've had feedback that, although your functional contribution to the business is superb (you've been pushing everyone to excel lately), you seem to be rubbing a few people up the wrong way.
Great! Go figure! You're damned if you do and damned if you don't.
You realise the business imperative of hitting the numbers, but for you, it's not just a numbers game. You're a leader who wants to make a difference way beyond the bottom line. How can you get this right?
You're fully aware you can't do this on your own and would love to look at how to engage your key stakeholders, to be truly committed to each other and the organisation's success.
You also realise leadership is not just about work. You want to make a real difference, with your family and friends and in your community.
Let me assure you IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY.
What's required is for you to slow down to reflect on your values, reflect on your beliefs, access the stories you've been telling yourself and then ask yourself "what's a better story?".
That might sound impossible, but it's not. It's just that right now you can't see the possibilities that lie ahead, the potential you have to make a difference, and the techniques, tools, rituals and mindset you'll need to get there.
All of this can be learnt.
Most of the leaders we coach, find the change they experience through coaching "transformational". This is a word senior leaders don't use lightly.
Their time spent reflecting and gaining both feedback from their coach and their key stakeholders (and more importantly "feed-forward" advice on how to get better) has a pay-off they could never have imagined.