Sunil Harrypersad is a leadership coach and public speaker. His background includes a core set of industry positions, extensive experience in management, leadership development, implementation of organizational change, executive team building, coaching and career management. Sunil’s professional experience has helped numerous leaders excel in business and leadership growth through collaboration and communication.
What inspired you to become a coach?
I have always been a coach. I was inspired by my mom who took the time to fully explain things to me so that I had a solid understanding of process and meaning.
Later in college and in my professional career, I was blessed to have great mentors who took the time to help me refine my leadership and management skills while allowing me to develop my inner leader.
I found my true calling to coach approximately 10 years ago. Many leaders are misguided or lack the necessary skills to achieve. I found that over the years, I had developed the right skills to teach/coach/train; I had connected with the right people in leadership and educated myself on what an effective coach should deliver.
Through servant leadership, I have taken this passion and love for people to become an important part of my personal and professional life. There is a personal satisfaction that is felt when I connect an individual to their purpose in life while allowing them to flourish and achieve. Those times are my greatest moments in coaching and in life.
What one piece of advice do you find yourself relying on most? Why?
A piece of advice that I always tell myself is to “lead with my heart first, then with my head.” People connections are important to me.
A phrase that is near and dear to my heart is “fail fast.” Sounds simple enough, but in itself is the answer to many questions.
Personally and professionally, there are times that a decision must be reached without all pertinent information, or a calculated risk must be taken in the name of progression, or simply — I do not know what I should do, so instead of doing nothing, I would rather act, than sit idle.
Failing is an indication of an inability to set a standard or achieve an objective. “Fast” points to a quick reaction time to course correct.
Applied to my daily life, I am a positive person with a positive outlook on life, and a love for people. I believe making mistakes can create positive momentum. There are setbacks that can be a hassle, but they chart a course in the right direction that in itself is progression.
What is the biggest hurdle your clients face? What advice would you give others struggling with this issue?
I have found that many of my clients have simply lost their way professionally. Looking at a simple model — an individual going on vacation will plan their destination, plan air travel, rental car, hotel accommodations, planned sites, etc.
However the same doesn’t apply to a professional in his/her career. Numerous leaders go through the day without the adequate leadership tools for success. Many leaders are incapable of making the first step into self-development, career enhancement, or venturing out to seek new career opportunities. The truth? They are stuck in their current environment.
I always tell my clients: “Build the life you want, not the life you have.” Take the time to create a roadmap to personal and professional success. Be in charge of your career and development. In time, success will surely follow. As a coach, I have helped numerous clients achieve while moving their careers forward.