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A challenging coach

Updated: Dec 22, 2020

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I recently came across a refreshing article, titled "A kick up the chief executive", that explores the value of executive coaching and in particular, the role the coach can play as someone to challenge senior executives.

“People at this level rarely get honest feedback from those around them…”

This statement is consistent with

“Leaders don’t get told the truth by those around them. They are even less likely to get told the truth by those they manage.”

from the excellent Coaching Skills handbook, by Jenny Rogers.

A coach who is outside of the establishment’s line management is in the position to truly add value by providing challenging insights that the leaders are unlikely to get otherwise.

I feel the sentiment is as relevant today as when it was written in 2012, in fact, it is clear that our politicians today are not being effectively challenged by the people they surround themselves with (typical yes men and women) and could benefit from coaches who are not part of the political establishment.


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