Bob* is a construction supervisor. His organization selected him to be part of a leadership development program that includes leadership coaching. Bob selected me to be his coach after our fit conversation, an initial conversation to get to know one another a bit and talk about what coaching is and is not and how we would potentially work together. I asked Bob what was important to him in a coach, an understandably difficult question given that he was new to coaching. I told him I see coaching as a partnership where he brings the agenda and I manage the process. I ask good questions and help him think through situations he brings to the table. We talked about how he best learns, how he likes to receive feedback, and what support he needs for his leadership development program.
Does a Coach Need to Have Experience in the Client’s Area of Expertise?
What is Leadership Coaching?
Questions to Consider When Hiring a Coach
- Is it important for your coach to have similar work or life experiences as you?
- How do you like to receive feedback and be held accountable?
- Do you want to work in-person or virtually (phone or Skype)?
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