By Mohammed Sam Shoushi
The Global Coach
I realised this learning from the very beginning when I "came out" to the world about starting to coach.
I was overwhelmed with the response of people who contacted me looking to be coached or referring their friends and loved ones to be coached. This showed me - and the others who saw my announcement - that many of us are open to seeking support in our personal and professional journeys.
We are not alone.
Here's an exercise from The Mind of the Leader, a Harvard Business Review published book authored by The Potential Project, where I currently work. This exercise is under the chapter of "Selfless Leadership", which is one of the qualities that the research found to be what leaders need in today's world:
Only through others are you able to be you and achieve what you achieve.
This moment - and every moment - is only possible because of the support of others. But this is something we rarely think about.
So imagine what would be possible if we actually became consciously aware of the support systems around us.
Taking that a step further, imagine what would be possible if we openly sought the support needed to address concerns and achieve opportunities in the various aspects of our lives.
Specifically, I talk about non-tangible support like strategic, mental, emotional support and so forth.
So if you or someone you know dared enough to be vulnerable and take measures to seek support, congratulate them and/or yourself for being ready to take things to the next level.
With a background in International Relations, Sam was introduced to professional coaching practices through Transcend International, joining them as Head of Growth & Development in 2018, and training with them to become a coach. His experience at organisations such as the United Nations and Google, and having lived in 8 countries and speaking 8 languages, means Sam is well placed to give a wider perspective on the world.