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About the iLead Coaching Center

Aimed at professionals who are looking to up their leadership game, this coaching process is designed to help executives develop the necessary skills to successfully resolve critical business issues and capitalize on opportunities. This process, based on Kouzes and Posner’s The Leadership Challenge, incorporates what the authors identify as the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership.

Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership

  • Model the Way: Leaders establish principles concerning the way people (constituents, peers, colleagues, and customers alike) should be treated and the way goals should be pursued. They create standards of excellence and then set an example for others to follow. Because the prospect of complex change can overwhelm people and stifle action, they set interim goals so that people can achieve small wins as they work toward larger objectives. They unravel bureaucracy when it impedes action; they put up signposts when people are unsure of where to go or how to get there; and they create opportunities for progress.
  • Inspire a Shared Vision: Leaders passionately believe that they can make a difference. They envision the future, creating an ideal and unique image of what the organization can become. Through their influence and quiet persuasion, leaders enlist others in their shared dreams. They breathe life into their visions and get people to see exciting possibilities for the future.
  • Challenge the Process: Leaders search for opportunities to change the status quo. They look for innovative ways to improve the organization. In doing so, they experiment and take risks. And because leaders know that risk-taking involves mistakes and failures, they accept the inevitable disappointments as learning opportunities.
  • Enable Others to Act: Leaders foster collaboration and build spirited teams. They actively involve others. Leaders understand that mutual respect is what sustains extraordinary efforts; they strive to create an atmosphere of trust and human dignity. They strengthen others, making each person feel capable and powerful
  • Encourage the Heart: Accomplishing extraordinary things in organizations is hard work. To keep hope and determination alive, leaders recognize contributions that individuals make. In every winning team, the members need to share in the rewards of their efforts, so leaders celebrate accomplishments. They bring out the best in others, when possible making others feel like heroes.

The iLead Coaching Process

  • A meeting with the candidate’s manager and other key advisors to establish learning objectives for the coaching candidate.
  • A meeting with the coaching candidate to get clear on what his/her learning objectives are and to define a time line for the coaching relationship
  • An orientation to the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) - A 360 feedback process which will allow the candidate to receive valuable feedback from up to 15 observers.
  • The selection of a business book on the topic of leadership development which will support the desired learning objectives of the candidate (coaching, communications, leadership, strategy, etc) which will be read and discussed during training.
  • A copy of The Leadership Challenge by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. This book provides a summary of 25 years of research into the question, “What does it take to be an exemplary leader?”
  • A copy of The Leadership Challenge – Introduction to the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership. This workbook will be used to do exercises, collect data, and to note the candidate’s thoughts and ideas as they progress through the coaching process.
  • A package of 8, 12, or 20 one hour coaching sessions. The focus of these sessions will be on the learning objectives of the coaching candidate and insights from readings selected for the candidate by the coach. Feedback from the LPI process will be discussed thoroughly during these sessions.
  • A post coaching Leadership Practices Inventory 360 feedback process and supporting feedback session will be included in packages of 12 or more sessions.
  • A post meeting with the candidate’s manager to check for progress toward learning objectives will be held at the end of the coaching contract.

Tom Pearce – Coaching Credentials

Tom’s mission in life is to build stronger leaders, better teams and more effective organizations. As president of iLead Consulting & Training, he has worked around the world carrying out his mission for the past twelve years. He is the former Vice President of HR and Administration for ARCO China where he supervised 25 people and managed a budget of $8 million. He has also been on assignment in Indonesia, London, Dubai and most recently Kuala Lumpur. iLead Consulting & Training was recognized again in 2011 Leadership Excellence magazine (six years running) as being one of the top small consulting firms focused on leadership development in the country. A sample list of coaching clients include:

  • The Environmental Protection Agency (government)
  • Mobil Oil (oil & gas)
  • Milliman (financial)
  • All About Children Pediatrics (medical)
  • Various church and nonprofit organizations
  • The Center for Nonprofit Management (nonprofit)
  • Silgan Plastics (manufacturing)
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers (global association)
  • Texas Industries (concrete & construction)
His certifications include:
  • The Leadership Challenge – Jim Kouzes & Barry Posner
  • The Speed of Trust – Stephen M. R. Covey
  • Crucial Conversations – Patterson, Grenny, Maxfield, McMillan, Switzler
  • Managing and Leading Organizational Change – William Bridges
Mr. Pearce has an MBA from Duke University and an undergraduate degree in communications from William and Mary.