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Last month Synergia Coaching attended an inspiring training session at The British Psychological Society’s London offices which centred on addressing real-life leadership challenges. The session entitled “Coaching as a leader, leading as a coach: Competing priorities or empowering synergy?” was part of Coaching at Work magazine’s excellent series of masterclasses and was delivered by international speaker, consultant and teacher Dr Mark McKergow.

Can coaching and leading sit together? Does one interfere or support the other? How can we use coaching ideas and skills to support effective leadership? When and how might be good times to do this? When might it not be appropriate? These were just some of the questions posed at the Masterclass which explored leadership challenges today.

The concept of ‘host leadership’ – a new yet ancient way of thinking – was discussed at length. Host leadership is about building relationships – at work, in the community, in society, at home – to engage others. This engagement is the key ingredient that leads to increased performance and results. The art of hosting is as ancient as humanity itself – and it can also provide a rich and inspiring framework for many practical leadership skills and ideas. It also provides an excellent coaching-friendly leadership paradigm for experienced coaches who want to lead better, and leaders who seek better engagement and responsibilities.

To find out more about Coaching at Work masterclasses click here.