Leader.co.za - Management, Training and Career Advice for Business Leaders

19 AUGUST 2015
Bring on the coach

Free 20-minute personal and executive coaching sessions with some of Africa’s top business coaches.

Coaching is different from mentoring, says leading South African coach Sunny Stout-Rostron, who has 25 years’ experience as an executive and team coach in the sphere of leadership development and business strategy.

"A mentor is somebody in your field or organisation who will help you further your career by introducing you to their network, helping you with your learning and development plan, and by helping you navigate your organisation’s or field’s politics. They essentially interact and share their experience with you," explains Stout-Rostron. Coaching, meanwhile, has more personal depth, she explains.

"It is about learning who am I, where am I now, what skills and competencies do I have, where are the gaps, what are the gaps that I need to fill, and what steps do I need to take to get to where I want to go." A coach helps a client to think through their own strategy; they do not tell clients what to do. Their job is to pose questions so their client can create their own path.

Twenty coaches will be available at Leaderex, offering their services free of charge to provide insights to anyone, from government and professionals to entrepreneurs and business owners, on how to maximise their potential to make changes within their business, industry and the country as a whole.

The only requirement is that you come armed with a clear notion of where you are, where you want to be and the challenges you face getting there.

Getting your coaching session is a relatively easy process:

  1. Register to attend Leaderex at www.leader.co.za/register
  2. Prepare a 60-second summary of your specific challenges
  3. On the day, head to Room 1, which is located in the Coaching aisle at Leaderex
  4. Arrive any time between 10h00 and 17h00.

Please note that space is limited and access to the coaches will operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

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