“I look at our Chief of Staff, our COO, and our Director of Marketing who are all working with Leadership Coaches from Aileron. They have changed a lot. It’s made a big difference,” said Marisa. “We’re so lucky to have a facility like this here; as a company of a hundred people, we aren’t going to get that guidance internally. But I trust everyone at Aileron, so why wouldn’t I lean on them for that resource?”
“I think the fact that I’m getting the other leaders in the company Leadership Coaching opportunities helps me balance my personal and work life. If I have other good people around me, it takes some pressure off me.”
Marisa says not only do those who participate in Leadership Coaching benefit from the experience, but other people internally take notice, too.
“The business as a whole really respects that as an organization we are committed to bettering ourselves and continuing to take the company to the next level. Our people are all we have. We don’t sell products; we have a service. If we don’t have good people, we’re not going to provide good service.”
That leadership transition – from doing the day-to-day work to managing the business and the growth of the team executing the work – isn’t easy for most people. After all, the reason many CEOs are promoted into that role is because they were so good at doing the work itself. It’s often a different skillset to work on the business: to set strategy, lead a team, shape culture, and chart a vision for the future.