I want to tell you why I think top talent, high performers, and leadership team needs coaching.
In an ideal world everyone in an organisation should get coaching. But coaching is not easy to scale. So one way to work around this is to empower people to have coaching conversations. And this is definitely a trend that we will see over time.
However, today I want to specifically focus on the coaching for the top talent, high performers, and leadership.
Let’s stop for a second and just define what coaching is because you probably have the wrong perception of what it is.
We tend to conflate the coaching we observed or experienced on the side of the sports field with the coaching we receive in business. Or, we think that coaching is a synonym for mentoring. It’s not. It’s also not something that you engage in when you are broken or a poor performer. In fact, all of my clients are people already doing really well and who recognise that for them to step it up even more they need external support and feedback.
So, in my opinion, a good coach is a thinking partner. I tell all my clients that I will help them to think bigger, better, and broader. A coach helps a client to think bigger by stretching and challenging their perceptions of what is possible. They help clients to think better by helping them to create clarity and then act with precision. And they help them to think broader by examining a challenge from multiple angles but also by evaluating the beliefs and values that they accrued over a period of time.
So, now that we have that definition out of the way. Here are a few reasons I think coaching is important:
The moment we enter the world of business we start constructing a certain set of behaviors and mental models that help us navigate the world and create success. It works well. However, we tend to be slow in updating it. To update our constructs require us to not only learn and integrate new information about the world around us but also to better understand ourselves and how we function in that world.
A Space Just For You
Every interaction you are in creates a thinking space. When you talk to your partner/spouse, or your team, or a friend. And each of these thinking spaces have a certain flavor that it brings to your thinking. The coaching thinking space is unlike any other. It’s a space that’s neutral and yet heavily biased towards helping you to create the best outcome for you.
It’s also the perfect space in which to talk about things that often are difficult to discuss in other settings. The reality is that as we ascend the ladder of success people tend to think we have it all figured out. That a certain level of sophistication, education, and success means that we are worry free. Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s possible and highly likely to be at the top and feel uncertain, doubt, and loneliness.
Competitiveness, ego, and politics prevent us from having conversations that matter.
Organisations consists of teams that consists of individuals. Arguably, the harder part of each job is not the work but managing and leading the people on the team. People who are just as driven, hungry, competitive, and perhaps assertive as you.
If you want to climb the ladder in organisations you have to be good with people.
If you want to create successful teams you have to be good with people.
If you want to show up to work every day and not dread every interaction you have to be good with people.
Life is a series of rooms that we enter into. In these rooms deals are made, decisions are reached, conflicts are had, friendships are forged, and on and on.
When you are playing at the top, your presence in the room needs to change the room. You do not need to dominate or own the room. However, you presence should create and hold a space in which everyone else can express their full potential.
This means amplifying who you are.
There are many more reasons to pursue coaching.