I am always amazed how few executives or senior leaders don't have a coach. Even more worrying is that very few see any value in it. They have made it, have lead teams for a long time and so they don't see the benefits that investing in an executive coach could bring them. However, when discussing coaching with them, I usually draw parallels to elite sports men and women. Despite being at the top of their game the likes of Tiger Woods, Bradley Wiggins and Ronaldo all have coaches that continually help them to become even better and deliver more consistent improved performance. The light bulb is usually turned on during the sports discussion but perhaps culture and fixed mindsets are against us!
Here is another article looking at whether executive coaching is a cost or an investment https://www.collingwoodsearch.co.uk/our-insights/board-insights/is-executive-coaching-a-cost-or-an-investment
Great leaders may seem all knowing if they have been successful throughout their career and have led teams effectively. They may seem to have little room for improvement. Yet unlike “hard” skills, such as mastery of a software program, the development of emotional intelligence—the heart of outstanding leadership—is an ongoing process. Each of us can improve our emotional intelligence (or EI), and great leaders are no exception. Working with a coach is one of the most impactful ways to cultivate further strengths in EI competencies. Leaders at any level can benefit from a coach’s feedback. A coach can help us recognize patterns in our behavior we would otherwise be unaware of, and can guide us in developing new ways of handling emotions in ourselves and in our relationships.