Petra Lens, Organizational Advisor and Executive Coach in Leadership Development

Petra Lens, Organizational Advisor and Executive Coach in Leadership Development

  • Petra Lens is an organizational advisor and executive coach active in the field of leadership development.
  • She is an advisor to several boards, on strategic business transformation, and change processes.

 

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Overview

Whether you are a new entrepreneur, an aspiring entrepreneur, a business owner, or a salesperson, you need a mentor. And who will be your mentor? Even if you are a die-hard self-starter, who doesn’t need a mentor?  Not having a mentor in your life can be a real bummer, especially when you are just starting out.  You are also missing out on a lot of opportunities. You can make great connections with mentors, and you can learn from their mistakes. Petra Lens, Organizational Advisor, and Executive Coach in Leadership Development share insights about coaching and mentoring.

[00:32] About Petra Lens, Organizational Advisor and Executive Coach in Leadership Development

  • Petra Lens is an organizational advisor and executive coach active in the field of leadership development.
  • She is an advisor to several boards, on strategic business transformation, and change processes.

[00:51] What is the meaning of Leadership?

  • Leadership is strongly related to empathy.
  • Empathy means that you walk into someone else’s shoes. It makes you capable of experiencing how the world looks like for someone else.
  • If you can imagine what it is like to live from a different position, you can also lead.
  • You dare to stand up and live in line with your values.

[02:20] What are some leadership challenges?

  • Feedback: Leaders face this challenge because of their position. People would find it disrespectful to give feedback to their boss. The challenge is how do you lead without people opening up and showing their true colors.

[05:30] Impact of culture on Leadership

  • Language is something that could either include people or exclude people, so we have to be aware.
  • In terms of culture, it does not matter where you are from, we all need connections.

[07:08] How do you support leaders in transformation?

  • If a wonderful, amazing strategy about which the managing board is very excited, if that is not inspiring, or if you do not take people along, people won’t follow.
  • If you show people where to go or what the value is behind that destination, people will move.

[09:16] What made you become a coach?

  • I have always been a coach by nature. I decided that I also wanted to be a professional coach by learning the skills.
  • My experience in the boardrooms made this decision.

[11:12] What has changed that coaching has become a profession?

  • The pace is rapid. People fear that if they do not keep up with this pace, they will become obsolete.

[13:34] Coaching Vs. Mentoring

  • In mentoring, you will share your wisdom and experience. You are the master in a certain work area, and you share an experience with the aim for the mentee to learn from that.
  • Coach does not share their experience or wisdom. A coach is there to work with the coachee. The wisdom is inside the coachee, the coach reveals the blind spots.

[14:42] How long should a coaching association be?

  • The coach works with the client for as long as the change is happening.
  • The most important thing in coaching is that you are very clear about the contract.

[16:44] How does the coachee evaluate their coach?

  • If a coachee wonders do I have the right coach while they are coaching, probably they don’t.
  • One of the major factors in coaching is the relationship between the coach and the coaching client.

Signs to look for-

  • If the coach is learning or developing them continuously.

[19:21] How should organizations prepare to coach Millennials and Gen Zs?

  • The most significant thing is that we find a way together to make their voice heard.
  • Listen
  • Stand up and have the courage to speak out for the ones that are in charge.
  • Be kind and patient.

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You can connect with Petra Lens – LinkedIn

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Petra Lens is an organizational advisor and executive coach active in the field of leadership development.

During the past 15 years, Petra worked as Executive Director on Boards of international profit and non-profit organizations that have a positive impact on the society around equal opportunities and sustainability. Her portfolio included advising Executive Boards and Supervisory Boards around strategy, leadership development, and organizational culture.

In addition, she managed international teams in the field of change management and HR. Throughout these years she has led strategy formulation, business transformation, and change processes. During the first part of her career, she worked as a financial and estate planner at Rabobank, advising high-net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs.

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