May 30 2022
By: Shawn M. Galloway
"I'm not just Jason, the employee; I'm Jason, the person. If you care, help me with things more than just what I need to do to meet quota."
I overheard this during a breakout discussion for a workshop I recently led. Participants discussed leadership's role in coaching by influencing performance and getting to know the individual employees and their capabilities. Jason was a manager within the client company and shared about a great leader, who had helped him improve as a person, not just in what he could do as an employee, to affect results in an area.
A coach's role is to help their individuals, team, or employees perform to the best of their ability, every time, everywhere. While leadership styles are situational, if leaders are great coaches, that is not a style. It is who they are. Do you know your people? What motivates and demotivates them? Who and what is important to them outside of work? If not, GTKYP - Get To Know Your People. As a leader, you are in the people business. If you don't embrace that, let someone else lead.
"The role of the CEO is to enable people to excel, help them discover their own wisdom, engage themselves entirely in their work, and accept responsibility for making change." — Vineet Nayar
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." — Simon Sine
Shawn M. Galloway is CEO of the global consultancy ProAct Safety. He is a trusted advisor, professional keynote speaker and author of several bestselling books on safety strategy, culture, leadership and behavior-based safety. He is a monthly columnist for several magazines and one of the most prolific contributors in the industry, having also authored over 650 podcasts, 200 articles and 100 videos. Shawn has received awards and recognition for his significant contributions from the American Society of Safety Professionals, National Safety Council's Top 40 Rising Stars and Top Ten Speakers, EHS Today Magazine's 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS, ISHN Magazine's POWER 101 - Leaders of the EHS World and their newest list: 50 Leaders for Today and Tomorrow and Pro-Sapien's list of The Top 11 Health and Safety Influencers.