The Importance of Executive Coaching For Lawyers
First of all, let’s talk about what executive coaching means, shall we? Executive coaching is a professional development tool that helps professionals not just set new business and personal goals, but reach them as well. The way it does this is by combining problem-solving counseling and strategic consulting into one powerful tool that is used by professionals for their personal, as well as professional development. Over the past ten years, executive coaching has found a large amount of support in the business community. Managers of large, well-known companies (such as IBM, AT&T or Kodak) are finally starting to realize just how vital executive coaching is not just for them, but their companies as well. Unfortunately, the same thing cannot be said about lawyers, since they are just now becoming familiar with the way this whole executive coaching thing works.
But what exactly is executive coaching and should it be of any interest to lawyers at all? Before we say what executive coaching is, we are first going to say what it’s not, okay? One thing that executive coaching is not is some therapy. The main point of executive coaching is that the person that is working with a coach is already functioning pretty well, but wants to improve their business performance. On top of that, executive coaching is not concerned with the past – its primary goal is to help people achieve their goals!
The Benefits of Executive Coaching For Lawyers
Executive coaching can be used to help lawyers improve several different areas of their professional lives. This includes things like their professional relationships with their clients, and their communication and negotiation skills, as well as their productivity levels. It can also help them work out any stress or work-life issues that they may be facing. Career management is an additional area where the support of a good coach can help an attorney gain a significant advantage over the rest of the competition.
There are many attorneys out there who were pretty skeptical of the opportunities to develop all of the skills mentioned above through executive coaching before they tried it for themselves. But the good news is that the number of skeptics has gown down significantly over the past few years. Lawyers are beginning to realize that their technical skills alone can only get them so far in the competitive world that we have all been living in for the past few decades. We all know that to lose weight, you need to eat less and exercise more. But how many people manage to lose weight without the help of some support system? Not many, right? When it comes to being an attorney, executive coaching plays the role of a support system.
How To Work With a Coach
When it comes to working one-on-one with a client, the first thing that the coach needs to do is identify the client’s goals and then come up with a good strategy that will help the client achieve those goals. Coaches have the right to ask provocative questions to help their clients explore options that they have never even considered before. The most important thing that coaches need to do is hold their clients accountable.
Coaching sessions usually don’t last very long. They are between 20 and 45 minutes long each, and they can be held either in person or over the phone. These sessions can continue for up to 12 months, but it all depends on the client’s goals and objectives. From a financial standpoint, you should never look at executive coaching as a waste of money, but an investment. Not only do you invest in a coaching session, but yourself as well.
Finding a Good Coach
The process of finding a good coach is similar to the process of finding a good lawyer. Several different websites provide you with an option to hire a good coach. Also, keep in mind the two different types of coaches – attorney coaches and non-attorney coaches. One advantage that attorney coaches typically have is a better understanding of all the stress that comes with working with the law.
It is no secret that most lawyers don’t want to be the first to do anything too significant, but they don’t want to be the last either. With this in mind, it is safe to say that executive coaching has become a viral thing over the past few years, but its popularity will only continue to grow. What remains to be seen is just how great your company can become with the support of an executive coach!