Steven Garrod, Resilient Leaders Consultant
We asked Steven Garrod, Executive Coach and Director at RLE People, to tell us about his experience.
"In the early stages of my coaching practice, the RLE™ framework provided the perfect platform for my work. Even if all I did was stick to the basics, my clients would still get a great development programme. This gave me the confidence to launch my coaching business as soon as I received my accreditation.”
Why did you choose Resilient Leaders Elements RLE™?
The simple answer is that it was recommended to me by my own coach! We had used RLDP™ during my own leadership development, so I was already familiar with the basic principles. When I looked at RLE™ more closely, there were three key messages that resonated with me.
First, the overall commitment to make world class leadership development available for everyone. This aligns with my own vision of improving everyone’s day-today experiences by developing more great leaders.
Second, the focus on building resilience in leaders, as I know that leadership can be a lonely and demanding experience. In particular, my previous involvement in risk and crisis management demonstrated the importance of developing leaders that can ‘step up’ and lead in tough times.
The third message was much more practical, but no less important: that RLDP™ allows leadership development to be assessed and repeatably measured. This allows the person being coached to know how well they are progressing, and it also keeps me focused on the practical activities needed to support their development.
I guess I should also add that the RLE™ team comprises highly experienced leadership specialists who offer seemingly unlimited support to everyone the RLE™ community, but I didn’t know that at the time I chose them!
How has it helped you professionally?
In the early stages of my coaching practice, the RLE™ framework provided the perfect platform for my work. Even if all I did was stick to the basics, my clients would still get a great development programme. This gave me the confidence to launch my coaching business as soon as I received my accreditation.
Obviously, my previous leadership experience has allowed me to build upon this platform, but I don’t stray too far from the four elements of resilient leadership – because they work!
I should also mention the RLC community. Not only do we have monthly CPD sessions and an annual conference, but at least one of the RLE™ directors makes themselves available twice a week for ad-hoc guidance and support. As for the other consultants, I have made real friendships. We are all encouraged to ask for, and offer, help and support.
And finally, RLE™ uses the RLC’s within its community to deliver its programmes, so it acts as a source of business opportunities, too!
What would you say to anybody considering the resilient leaders consultant accreditation course?
If you are serious about making a difference, whether simply by developing your own leadership capabilities or helping others to develop theirs, then I would say, ‘do it’.