On episode 325 of The Nurse Keith Show nursing and healthcare career podcast, Keith interviews nurse leadership coach Sarah Bell regarding how nurses in positions of leadership can find their own leadership style and fulfill their most powerful potential.
Despite not graduating from high school, Sarah achieved a seemingly successful career and personal life. She graduated from nursing school, completed her MBA, and climbed her way up the corporate ladder. Sarah made a transition from the UK to the USA; married a kind, loving man; and became a mother. She achieved more than she ever thought possible – but she wasn’t happy.
It all became very apparent to Sarah one Friday after coming home from business travel. Her then six-year-old son was excited to see her and wanted her to play with him. She thought, “You’ve got to be kidding.” She was exhausted, and suddenly had a realization that this was going to be her life for the unforeseen future unless she did something to initiate a change.
This experience prompted Sarah to find a coach to help her navigate her life, and that’s how she discovered the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). Through her experience as both a client and now as a certified coach, Sarah realized she had been living at the effect of her circumstances — reacting to whatever showed up in her path as if it was an obstacle, rather than being the creator of her life and choosing rewarding and fulfilling experiences.
Sarah says that taking ownership of her life has been, and continues to be, her most empowering experience. She now chooses how and what she wants in her life, and she’s dedicated to helping others discover the best version of themselves – personally and professionally.
When Sarah works with leaders, she often finds they are in leadership roles because they’ve been high performers in previous jobs; they’re self-driven and have the knowledge and skills to get the job done. These talents have led to a promotion, but these individuals find themselves frustrated and disillusioned as leaders, unable to effectively direct team performance.
Sarah says that when a leader fails to set expectations and boundaries, his or her team has no way of knowing what is and isn’t acceptable, which leads to a lack of trust and respect on both sides.
Being a leader requires a different set of skills, and Sarah helps these leaders learn how to connect with their teams and build lasting rapport, and she also helps businesses uncover and correct leadership gaps, thereby increasing engagement and company success.
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