Out of those thoughts, on that day, around a table on top of a hill covered by olive trees, a dream was born.
I would create a coaching school dedicated exclusively to leaders. A coaching school that does not aim to train people to go into the business of coaching, but one that will invite people into a life of coaching. A school for people who don’t want to DO coaching, but who dream of BEING coaches, regardless of what their official organisational roles might be. I would create a program that was, itself, a transformational journey. A program where people can go on a quest for their highest selves AND learn coaching in the process. I would create a rigorous admission process and make sure people got into this with the right mindset, values and intentions and that the groups were diverse, but united in purpose. And give out scholarships to amazing leaders in the non-profit sector who couldn’t otherwise afford this experience, but whose teams and organisations badly needed the wisdom they would gain from it. I would gather around this coaching school a community of leaders who could support each other through the journey and beyond it. It would be like a crucible of personal transformation that would then spill over into organisational transformation, as these leaders went back into their companies armed with more personal maturity, but also with some very concrete tools for leading differently, day in and day out. It would be a program that would empower leaders to do themselves what external coaches and consultants used to do before. A program that would plant the seeds of higher consciousness in companies, through leaders animated by a purpose of making their teams’ lives, and their company as a whole, better.