7 Key Factors to Help Select a Leadership Coach

7 Key Factors to Help Select a Leadership Coach

Do you know what to look for when selecting a leadership coach?

Not all coaches are created equal so it pays to do your homework if you want value for money and results. Here are some key questions to ask when recruiting a leadership coach.

  1. Do They Push Your Boundaries?

Choose a coach that encourages people to think outside the square and is comfortable with handling uncertain situations. Someone who sticks to safe, boring classroom lectures isn’t going to push your boundaries and challenge you to embrace uncertainty.


  1. Do They Hold You Accountable?

Choose a coach that helps you execute what you’ve learned. Many coaches may have the know how but don’t encourage you to practice or implement that knowledge, so what’s the point? Someone who keeps you accountable is important.


  1. Do They Understand What Being An Authentic Leader Is?

Choose a coach that has more strings to their bow than just tangible management stuff, like performance reviews and running meetings. While these have their place in leadership, someone who can work on strategies to improve the intangibles – your emotional state and your thinking – is more valuable. They need to understand that being an authentic leader starts with your internal thinking.


  1. Do They Care About Office Hierarchy?

Choose a coach that looks past the office hierarchy and treats the CEO exactly the same as a supervisor. Their focus should be on ways to create a fun, energetic learning environment as  learning to not take yourself too seriously is critical to leadership success. Someone who gets caught up in office politics isn’t going to fight for the culture and outcomes you want.


  1. Do They Challenge Thinking?

Choose a coach that challenges you how you think and strives to get you to be your best self. If you want to see results then don’t use someone who validates your current way of thinking and your methods.


  1. Can They Ask Insightful Questions?

Choose a coach who has experience with roles like yours, as well as training in coaching techniques to help you become more aware of your thinking. How you think is the source of your performance as a leader, so go with someone who knows how to get the best out of your brain. You want insightful questioning and strategy redevelopment, not just someone who has done your job before.


  1. Do They Hold You Responsible?

Choose a coach that doesn’t just accept your attitude of “it’s them not me”. While your staff may be a contributing factor to any issues, a good coach will recognise that it always starts with you. You need someone that holds you to certain standards and isn’t afraid to call you on it when they slip.

Rebecca Livesey
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