The only man who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew every time he sees me, while all the rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them. – George Bernard Shaw

Leaders can have a tendency to view people in terms of their performance. To a certain extent this is necessary; however, the coaching leader continually embraces the opportunity to view people according to their potential and how they are developing toward this.

Each time the leader meets their team members, there is a new person to encounter, someone who has grown and changed, with fresh insights, new experiences and perspectives.

If leaders view individuals only in terms of their past struggles and their current plans, they can easily become locked into a limited view. I have found that becoming a coaching leader includes the vital aspect of exploring people’s possibilities afresh, probing for the enlargement they are experiencing, and surfacing dreams that have never yet been articulated. If we keep looking relentlessly for that which is growing and developing, who knows what we may find?