This past weekend I attended “Energy Leadership” hosted by iPEC, where I’m training to become a Certified Professional Coach. Their website is http://www.ipeccoaching.com/ if you want to look into coaching or Energy Leadership. The reason I wanted to become a coach was two-fold: first it would give me an opportunity to work with people one-on-one in a non corporate setting, and second it would give me an opportunity to add value to my existing client base. Initially, I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to weave the coaching into my executive search business, but that all changed this past weekend.
Energy Leadership is where you learn about the Energy Leadership Index Assessment, created by iPEC founder Bruce D Schneider. The Energy Leadership Index is different from other assessments commonly used in HR and by executive search firms because it is an attitudinal assessment as opposed to a personality test. A personality is as much of a part of a person’s makeup as their DNA; it can’t be changed, it is the person. An attitude however, like one’s perspective, could be changed. You can read more about the assessment on the Energy Leadership section of iPEC’s site, http://www.ipeccoaching.com/energy-leadership/ .
The coaching that I’m studying is about helping people shift their energy in different areas of their lives. There are 7 levels of Energy, with 1 being the lowest and 7 being the highest. The lower levels, one and two, are made up of predominately catabolic energy, which is stressful and takes energy away from us. Catabolic Energy dampens our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health. Level 3 is transitional and levels 4 – 7 are anabolic. Anabolic energy adds to our health in all areas and helps us attract other positive people: like energy attracts like energy. It is impossible for a human being to resonate at level 7; it’s a nirvana-like state of being. There are only a handful of Level 6’s: think the Dalai Lama or Mother Theresa for example.
So what would be the Energetic makeup of a great leader? He or she would be predominantly Level 5 and would have very little level 1 or 2 energy. A great example of a Level 5 person is “Kate” from the new show on USA Television Network. Kate is a mediator. One day she is in court and she keeps whispering tips to the prosecuting attorney, until the judge finally asks her to introduce herself and explain what she is doing there. She promptly stands and announces, “My name is Kate and I’m here to make sure that everybody wins.” A level 5 person’s true make up is the win-win scenario; their attitude is described as someone who feels they can only win if you win, too. They are also known as people who see opportunity in every situation.
They are the people that you can’t help but like. They are the ones you walk away from thinking about what a great aura they had. Chances are there is someone close to you that you admire who is a level 5. A level 5 never sees failure, challenges or mistakes - everything is an opportunity. In fact, just today I was talking to a candidate who is interviewing for a CFO position with a company that is well established though not well known. When the CEO mentioned to the candidate that this was the case, he responded by saying, “What an opportunity.” That is a level 5 response and needless to say I feel pretty good about his chances. Keep those characteristics in mind when you’re talking to candidates because it’s not always the best resume that gets hired. In fact, there’s an old saying in recruiting that says you look for the two A’s, Attitude and Aptitude. I like the two and agree whole-heartedly with that philosophy. A great attitude is a level 5 attitude.
Feel free to contact me if you would like to get an assessment for yourself or get certified in giving the assessment. I would also be willing to give you a complimentary coaching session as well. In the meantime look for people that see opportunity everywhere and live by the win-win credo, and then deliver them to your clients. Now that you know what you are looking for, go get’em!