'Ask successful leaders to talk about the person who has had the most influence on their career and it will invariably be someone who has helped them to overcome problems, expand their thinking and given them the confidence or resilience to meet new challenges. They may not use the term, but what they will be defining is a coach. .'
The problem is that finding someone who has the time, inclination and skill to offer quality support can come down to luck. For many the opportunities and benefits of coaching remain beyond reach. However, using an external professional coach can overcome this barrier and offer consistent and independent support to help accelerate both development and performance.
A great coach places the learner at the centre of the relationship – not themselves. They remain slightly detached and objective: help the individual to interpret the challenges they are facing and then empower them to explore options. However, the choices and decisions always remain with the individual. The coach is a facilitator and guide, helping the individual to discover and take action.