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“You are today where your thoughts have brought you.
You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”
- James Allen
LIFE-BALANCE/RESILIENCE: To sustain his energy and ability to focus, and to set a credible example, a leader needs to have good balance between the different areas of his life and model resilience.
STRATEGIC THINKING: With the vision or goal in mind, leaders accept responsibility for the most effective way to achieve the vision or goal.
CHARACTER: Leadership involves many tests of courage, resilience and morality which make strong character indispensable.
SELF-DISCIPLINE: The leader's self-discipline sets the standard and example for others without which consistent performance is not possible.
CREATIVITY/INNOVATION: Since leaders focus on potential and imagine the future to be different, they demonstrate and encourage innovative and creative thinking.
INSPIRING HOPE: Nothing is as damaging to an organisation as the negative attitudes of its people. It is the leader's uppermost responsibility to inspire hope and create a positive climate.
SELF-CONFIDENCE: To lead requires the confidence to take the first step and have others follow you.
SELF-MOTIVATION: The leader motivates himself with his personal vision, passion, potential and moral convictions.
BUILDING TEAM: It is in the development and performance of the team that the leader's effectiveness can be seen.
DECISION MAKING: With firm and apt individual decision making together with skilful facilitation of team decisions the leader ensures momentum and backing for the direction taken.
COMMUNICATION: The leader's ability and commitment to communicate with clarity and appropriateness is essential to his leadership effectiveness.
CULTURAL AWARENESS: In an age of globalisation and culturally diverse workplaces, sensitivity for differences is critical to the leader's success in mobilising people as a community.
AUTHENTICITY: A leader cannot help others unless he shares himself openly and honestly.
CONNECTING WITH PEOPLE: Only by making good heart and mind connections with people can the leader hope to influence them to co-operate enthusiastically.
PASSION: The leader does not only have to have a strong sense of responsibility, but passion for the cause.
BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS: Leadership is by definition action in the context of relationships. To ignore relationships contradicts leadership whereas building them enhances teamwork.
SELF-INITIATIVE: To be a leader is to take the initiative to make a positive difference.
TECHNOLOGY AWARENESS: Understanding the potential positive and negative effects of technology in the organisation enables the leader to balance human interests with efficiency.
BUILDING TRUST: By being honest, open and consistent and by showing the willingness to trust the team, the leader lays a strong team foundation for the good, but especially bad times.
RECOGNITION: Leaders recognise people privately and publicly out of real appreciation for their contributions as well as personal qualities.
TREND/SYSTEMS AWARENESS: A big-picture view to spot trends early on and an understanding of the influences of systems and their relationships is needed for the strategic direction that the leader must give.
VISIONARY THINKING: The mental picture of a desired destination, big or small, sparks focused activities and worthwhile endeavours, which is why leaders' first task is to imagine the ideal future.
LEADERSHIP STYLE: Different situations require different leadership styles to be effective. Good leaders are flexible and versatile in their style.
ADAPTABILITY: Effective leadership is more a consequence of the leader's ability to adapt well to changes than a consequence of his knowledge or experience.
ORGANISATIONAL AWARENESS: Sufficient awareness of different aspects of the organisation, such as the reason for its existence, the history, structure and culture, enables the leader to align himself and his team effectively.
HONESTY/INTEGRITY: The leader is credible and ethical to the extent that his beliefs, values, attitude and behaviour forms an integrated whole.
BUILDING SUPPORT: A leader must be able to build support for his ideas and direction or else fail as a leader.
SELF-AWARENESS: Self-awareness opens the door to effective communication and the leader's ability to relate to others.
BEING SERVANT: By choosing to serve and not boss the team, the leader builds them up and collectively they grow to become better leaders in service of the organisation.
EMPOWER: The more empowered and free people feel, the more they give to the cause. Rather than trying to control, leaders show trust in people's inherent capabilities.
SELF-REGARD: Positive self-regard is necessary for a leader in order to accept criticism, learn from it and continue leading with confidence.
PERSEVERANCE: Leadership disappears when we give up and emerges when we choose to persevere when others would have given up.

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Trend/systems awareness
Organisational awareness
Visionary thinking
Strategic thinking
Cultural awareness
Technology awareness


Connecting with people
Building relationships
Being servant
Building support
Building team
Building trust
Leadership style
Decision making
Inspiring hope




This agreement for coaching services is entered into on this

 ______ day of ______________ by and between

____________________ (Coach),  _____________________(Client)

The client requests the coach to provide coaching services as follows:

Objective of coaching services

The objective of the coaching services is to enable the client to identify personal and/or business goals, develop strategies and action plans intended to achieve such goals, and monitor progress towards implementation of the action plans.

The nature of coaching

The client is  aware that the coaching relationship is not psychological counselling or any kind of therapy. Coaching does not treat illness or pathology. The coaching relationship is designed and defined by each respective client and the coach, and the relationship is based on the expressed goals, interests and objectives of that client. The coach will use discussion and questions to assist each coachee to identify personal and/or business goals, develop strategies and action plans intended to achieve such goals, and monitor progress towards implementation of the action plans. The coach and client are also aware that coaching results cannot be guaranteed. The client and coach acknowledge and agree that they are entering into coaching in the full understanding that the client are responsible for their own decisions and results.

Primary focus of coaching sessions

The  client is free to discuss any area of life or business with the coach. The primary focus of the sessions will be contracted up-front by client and the coach. The client and the coach acknowledge that deciding how to handle these issues and implement these choices is exclusively the responsibility of the  client.


The client and coach agree that all business-related information disclosed during the coaching sessions will be treated as confidential, and will not be shared with any persons outside of the coaching relationship without the client’s prior consent. The client and coach agree that all personal information disclosed during the coaching sessions will be treated as confidential, and will not be shared with any persons outside of the coaching relationship without the client’s  prior consent.

Length of coaching relationship

The agreed length of this coaching relationship is for  xxx sessions, after which  the client and the coach will review the relationship and re-contract, if required. The coach and the client shall agree in advance upon the appointment time and venue for each coaching session. The length of each coaching session will be approximately 90 minutes. It is accepted that some coaching sessions may take place after normal work hours.


The location (skype included) of all coaching sessions shall be agreed by coach and client.

Fee charged   Fees are R xxx per hour. (Travel and accommodation costs excluded)


Communication regarding cancellation will be shared at least 24 hours in advance. Sessions cancelled by client on less than 24 hours’ notice will be charged for in full.  The coach will make every effort to reschedule with the client any sessions postponed with more than 24 hours notice.

Exit and review of coaching relationship

The client agrees to have a conversation with the coach regarding the decision of that client to exit the coaching relationship prior to completion of the contracted term, and to review the learning and changes that have taken place.


The client  agrees to indemnify the coach from all liability for any actions or adverse situations created as a direct or indirect result of the coaching process, or of a referral or other advice given by the coach. The client  acknowledges and agrees that in the course of the coaching services the coach may ask questions which may be personal, challenging or disturbing. The client and the client waive and release any claims arising or resulting from such questions, actions or services, except in respect of a breach by the coach of her obligations regarding confidentiality of the sessions as outlined under the heading ‘Confidentiality’.

The role of the coach is to:

  • be a thinking partner, walking alongside the client on this journey.
  • ask questions that result in the client identifying new ways of thinking and exploring new approaches and options
  • create a safe space that encourages exploration and openness – a space of non-judgement
  • be honest and strive to work with integrity
  • communicate openly, sharing and reflecting back observations
  • make explicit any observations or issues  that are more appropriately and ideally explored by a counsellor / therapist
  • hold the focus of the sessions in line with the SMART goals that the client sets for her/himself

The role of the client is to:

  • own the process
  • hold an awareness of exploring areas that feel acceptable for exploration
  • be committed to the forward action movement that coaching will bring
  • be committed to spending time in reflection and to put their reflections and learnings in writing for future reference
  • own the decisions taken
  • be accountable to self
  • be honest with self
  • hold an understanding that adult learning is a process and involves change
  • provide feedback to the coach at the completion of the coaching programme

We agree to the terms and conditions contained in the above contract

(The Client)                                                         (The Coach)

Date:    __________________                            Date:   _________________


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