As a leader, you’ve got a lot on your plate. And you’re probably great at what you do, or else you wouldn’t be where you are today. But if you want to really get better as a leader and a professional, you need to gain from the wisdom of other people who have been in your shoes.
That can look like a mentor, a business coach, a fellow professional who keeps you accountable, whatever works for you. Personally, while it’s not right for everyone, having a business coach has helped me grow tremendously.
If you’ve had these thoughts, it might be time for you to consider a business coach:
- You’re ready for someone to push you every week to achieve your goals and congratulate you on the way.
- You’re tired of working long hours that keep you away from social events, family gatherings, and enjoying life.
- You are ready to delegate and motivate others in your organization to be more invested in your business.
- You need the advice and wisdom of someone who has been in your position and can help you move forward.
- You have big goals, but can’t imagine how you could reach them.
While having a business coach you can meet up with once a week is a really helpful way to achieve your goals, your mentors don’t only have to be people you know. In fact, some of my most influential mentors are people whose books I’ve read.
Here are some of the books I’ve learned a lot from:
- The Psychology of Selling by Brian Tracy
- Good to Great by Jim Collins
- Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
- The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
Whether your mentors are flesh-and-blood professionals you meet with regularly or people you only know through books, you’ll learn new ways of thinking and gain new ideas for tackling the challenges you face as a professional.