NewsInterview with Philippe Rosinski, world authority in executive coaching, team coaching, and global leadership development.

British Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with Principal Coaching brings the interview with Philippe Rosinski. Mr. Rosinski will be the main speaker at Global Leadership Development Program, which will take place at Chateau Mcely from 2nd October till 6th October 2017. British Chamber of Commerce is a partner of the event. Download a brochure and find more.


Philippe Rosinski
Philippe Rosinski

You are a well-known world authority in executive coaching, team coaching, and global leadership development. Could you summarise in a few sentences how we can do our jobs better, or how to become more effective as a leader?

It starts with increasing our self-awareness, and also with appreciating our responsibility and our capacity to make some choices. In my experience, becoming an effective leader goes beyond applying simple prescriptions. It involves a global leadership development journey to build up in particular ten crucial leadership qualities:  multiple-perspective outlook, doing well by doing good, authenticity, health and fitness, results-orientation, emotional and relational competencies, political know-how, cultural inclusiveness, spiritual awakening and deep interconnectedness. I discuss these in detail in my book Global Coaching.

What are the biggest mistakes people make in terms of leadership? 

One big mistake is to believe that leadership is merely innate and use this as justification to avoid proactively giving managers a chance to unleash their multifacted potential. This mistake prevents managers from using their full potential to make a positive difference for others and for themselves. Ineffective habits, if not destructive behaviors, continue to exist with damaging consequences.

When you meet somebody, are you able to tell from a first impression that this person could be a good leader?

Not necessarily! First, I believe that almost anyone could become a good leader in his or her own way, given the chance to unfold his or her potential under the right circumstances. In my experience, people have a lot of riches within that they don’t necessarily know how to manifest. It is precisely the role of the coach to faciliate the deployment of that potential.
Second, I am aware of biases that could lead me to either overstimate or underestimate someone based on my first impression. This being said, I do listen to my intuition and have learned along the way to better discern between feelings that originate in the other person’s behavior and possible reactions that may have more to do with my own situation.

In October 2017 you are facilitating the Global Leadership Development Program Forest Retreat at Chateau Mcely organized by Principal Coaching. What do you expect from this program and what are the main goals? Are you looking forward being there?

Our goal is very ambitious. The program is about developing the new breed of leadership necessary in the 21st century to tackle today’s complex challenges in an increasingly interconnected world. The magnitude of this task should not be overlooked as it often implies the integration of new perspectives and personal transformation.

We call global leadership this integrative form of leadership, and our approach is based on global coaching.

Global leaders engage their workforce, unleash human potential, and elicit sustainable high performance, enabling organizations to thrive in today’s global arena. They are able to build unity in diversity and to navigate across disciplines. They achieve superior business results while pursuing a higher purpose that includes social and environmental goals. Global leaders are innovative in meeting society’s needs.

In this program, participants will have an opportunity to develop their leadership through the integration of multiple perspectives (physical, managerial, psychological, political, cultural and spiritual) in order to achieve sustainable progress and meaningful success. They will discover opportunities to tackle their complex challenges in fresh ways and new paths for their leadership progress.

I look very much forward to coming to the Czech Republic to co-deliver this program with Dr. Eva Benesova!

Is this your first working visit to the Czech Republic?

No, I have had the pleasure to come several times already to the Czech Republic. I have already co-delivered with Eva our “Leading and Coaching Across Cultures seminar“ both as a public seminar and as a university course at the University of Economics. I have very good memories of all these experiences.

You are a coach of many executive clients from various countries and cultures. Do you treat them differently or use different approaches? Do you use a different teaching style or approach depending on which country people come from?

Every coaching program is different because every executive I work with is unique. The differences have to do with cultural diversity of various kinds rather than only national differences. Moreover, personalities and contexts are different each time.

I have a variety of tools, techniques and perspectives I can call upon. However, the underlying coaching philosophy and methodology is the same. I have tried to capture it in my books Global Coaching and Coaching Across Cultures, as well as in various articles. I help clients examine their situations from various angles that range from the physical to the spiritual. This allows them to discover new possibilties for greater effectiveness and purpose.

My focus depends on what is most beneficial for my coachee. It could be about promoting productive relationships with colleagues, fostering engagement, building up resilience when confronted with hardship, making the most of different cultures, increasing well being and diminshing damaging stress, engaging in construstive politics, living purposefully, etc.

Are you working on a new book? 
My priority at the moment is about making our global coaching approach known and available to more people and in more contexts. Books are essential but there is no substitute for going through the type of program we are proposing in the Czech Republic!