“How does who you are becoming [as leaders] fit into your vision of the future?”
Dr. Mac, my partner here at Line of Sight Coaching, was recently giving a presentation and asked the above question that stopped me in my tracks. For some reason, I could not stop thinking about the significance of this question because it resonated with me on multiple levels.
I began by considering how who I was becoming had changed my life for the better.
Then I realized that these changes could not have happened without my awareness of what I had been before taking the Leadership Circle Profile 360.
It allowed me to see how I was unknowingly showing up for the people that mattered most in my life. This awareness was unquestionably life changing and the beginning of my journey to becoming a better, more authentic person and leader.
I then thought about one of my favorite quotes from Carl Jung;
“Until we make the unconscious conscious, it will direct our lives, and we will call it fate.”
The truth of this statement now impacts me more than ever.
Next, I contemplated on why Dr. Mac chose the word “becoming” rather than asking us to consider what we had “become”?
And the answer came to me. We are always “becoming” as human beings. We never “become”. Life is a fluid process, and we are all in the process of becoming.
To state that we have “become” something implies a state of stasis that is incompatible with our existence and vitality.
In the context of purposeful leadership, becoming is a never-ending journey filled with constant reflection and self-directed change. Leaders face many challenges and occasional failure that requires reassessment and purposeful redirection. We are always “becoming” as leaders.
Finally, I thought about the unquestionable connection between who we are becoming and our vision of the future.
One could easily restate Dr. Mac’s question by asking how our vision of the future fits with who we are becoming. The question is reversed, but no less meaningful.
Who we are becoming as leaders lacks purpose and significance without a vision of what the becoming means, and conversely, our future vision is unachievable without our realization of who we must become to attain it. The two are inextricably linked.
Each of us has a vision of a preferred future.
For some, the vision lacks clarity and the necessary positive tension required to achieve the future vision. These folks are stuck in a state of limbo, constantly wishing for the something they want desperately but believe to be unattainable.
For emerging leaders in a state of becoming, the vision of their preferred future is crystal clear and a powerful driving force. By living as if their preferred future currently exists, they are better able to anticipate and preemptively remove potential barriers to realizing their vision.
Knowing who we need to become as leaders is a vital realization and opens new unrealized potentials for our preferred future.
It does not mean that we must change who we are. Instead, the state of becoming requires us to mitigate our negative reactive tendencies and emphasize our unique creative competencies, all of which already reside within each of us and exist within our reach.
Wondering how we can help you find the essentials of wellness and health for your dental practitioners, doctors, and your team members?
Here is an outline of the programs we offer. If you feel one would be a fit for you or your team, please reach out to us.
All of our coaching techniques are based upon the coaching principles developed using the Leadership Circle 360 Profile tools.
Taking part in the programs will help you:
- Solve the urgent problems that are your immediate barriers
- Become more effective leaders, practice owners and teams.
- Create strong dental practice cultures & leveraging the talents of your team
- Build more profitable & peak performing practices
Leader to Leader Coaching: This program is for the dentist or doctor and offers you a way to get the coaching to help you develop your leadership and coaching skills by working with us one-on-one as well as in our monthly group sessions.
Leadership Team Coaching: This program is for the leadership team in your practice and offers private and group sessions to help the team members work WITH the doctors to build that profitable practice everyone wants to be part of. This program is ideal for Office Managers, Practice Administrators, Hygiene Department Leads, Administrative Leads, Lead RDA’s, Doctors Spouse/Business Managers, or any folks who are a vital part of the Leadership Team in your organization.
Mastermind Groups: These monthly mastermind groups are open only to clients who have been through our coaching programs. They offer a continued way to get the coaching and support in a peer to peer setting.
If you want to inquire about joining any of our coaching programs, or to work privately with us, please reach out and book a complimentary call with us.
Dr. Joel Small and Dr. Edwin McDonald, the founders of Line of Sight Coaching, are dental practitioners, authors, speakers and Business Leadership Coaches who work with healthcare professionals to help them build more successful practices so they can live the balanced life they seek.