- Jennifer Gunias
Next weekend, on September 18, 2021, Women Inspiring Leaders is hosting a Coaching event to introduce Colorado women to coaches and mentors at various stages of their career across multiple industries. Planning this networking event has made me consider my own support network of women that have provided me career and personal guidance.
First, I want to thank all the wonderful women that have supported me, guided me, helped me see options, and let me make successes and mistakes. I have been incredibly fortunate to find a variety of mentors and advisors throughout my career.
I also recently had the opportunity for a Career Coach after a company restructure. Many may think the coaching relationship is only required for career change as coaches can create stability, a repeatable time and place for you to get support and encouragement. My Coach made me see my skills and weaknesses, the things I wanted to do and the things I didn’t want to do. Coaches can drive change and encourage you to be a better version of yourself. However, I also know many leaders use Coaches when making the transition from individual contributor to manager or from leader to executive. These changes require new skills, new viewpoints and Coaches can help us see our behaviors and guide us towards improvements in our leadership, communication, and strategic thinking. Think of the coaching relationship as a guardian angel pointing you in the right direction.
And although Coaches may be necessary in these situations, you do not need a formal relationship with a coach or mentor to gain valuable advice along the way. Broadening your network gives you access to people in different industries and with different perspectives. These people are invaluable to give you insight into your role. Covid has made it harder to connect in person, so make sure you're taking time to connect with your current network and set a goal to create new connections. You never know when these connections may be helpful.
Also, I would be remiss as an avid reader, if I didn’t mention that I also use books and blogs to supplement my in-person. See the list below that you may find helpful. https://www.learn2.com/the-50-most-influential-women-in-business-with-blogs-youll-love/
Hope to see you all at the Incline on September 18 as we grow our network, make connections, and meet many Colorado women coaches ready to help you with your personal growth and development!