Meet the Member: Khatija Saley


Even the world’s greatest business leaders of companies like Apple and Google seek the guidance of business coaches. This month, we #MeetTheMember Khatija Saley – a 1:1 executive and team coach who discusses what it takes to build resilient teams and shares some of her inspirational business reads.

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As a business coach, could you tell us what you do?

The role of a business coach is to help a leader define their purpose within an organisation and to assist them in clearly articulating a vision, goals and strategies for their organisation. While there is value in articulating a leader's vision, a business will not progress if its team is not fully engaged with that vision. My business Generative Conversations, provides business and executive coaching. We engage both business leaders and their teams, thereby creating value and meaning across the organisational spectrum.

At SITC we host a range of businesses, from start-ups to large, multi-national organisations. When is the right time for an entrepreneur or a business leader to seek out a business coach?

There is no pre-defined time within a business' life cycle when its leader needs coaching – it depends on when a leader becomes aware that they need support. Coaching is as equally relevant during the early stages of a business as during an aggressive business takeover.

You have coached senior leaders from around the globe on how to build collaborative teams. What is the best piece of advice that you can give leaders on how to build resilient teams?

My advice is that leaders should shelve the notion of being a hero. No one person has all the answers, therefore organisations should not be built around any one person. After all, five minds are more powerful and creative than one. Organisations should be built so that their teams are encouraged to learn on a continuous basis. Businesses should move away from trying to get their teams’ buy-in, but rather let their teams be included in identifying and co-creating strategies for success. This will result in organisations being more dynamic and responsive.

As a coach to successful leaders, where do you find guidance or inspiration? Are there any books or resources that you could recommend to our readers?

Leadership and Self-Deception, The Anatomy of Peace, and The Outward Mindset, all published by The Arbinger Institute are great reads for anyone interested in leadership development. I would also recommend Time to Think by Nancy Kline and The Situational Leader by Paul Hersey.

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