Finding the courage to lead creatively
“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give”.
It might surprise you this quote comes from no less a leader than Winston Churchill. I associate Britain’s wartime prime minister with “fighting on the beaches” and “blood, sweat and tears”. But his simple sentence sums up my leadership philosophy.
I believe leaders need to lead with compassion and courage. They need to work with clarity and creativity if they are to bring their organisations and their people through the economic crisis successfully.
I coach for compassion to help leaders pause and reflect. Often under pressure we can be too quick to judge ourselves and others, and miss opportunities that a moment’s pause might have opened up.
Leaders need courage to work with what’s uncomfortable: the difficult conversation, the awkward question, the tough decision. I can help them find courage and clarity so they know what they want and need to achieve. Clarity demands self awareness and an ability to reflect on your behaviour, emotions and values.
I coach for creativity so leaders can put their whole hearts into their daily work and acknowledge the skills of others, inviting and encouraging them to offer their best.
I was among the first to train as a coach with the BBC’s award winning internal coach network in 2003 and since then I’ve coached executives at the top of their field in marketing, banking, technology, HR and, of course, the news business. I am accredited with the International Coach Federation (since 2011) and a member of the Association for Coaching UK.
“At exactly the right moment, London career coach Fiona facilitated the pulling together of all the various outcomes into a sensible plan”. Ria Wiid, Business School lecturer.