Choosing an Executive Leadership Coach: What Matters
One of the realities of moving up the executive leadership ranks, whether in higher education or other sectors, is that the higher you ascend, the fewer people you have with whom to commensurate or in whom to confide. The truth be told, for numerous reasons, even the most confident executives are often hesitant to turn to persons inside their organization, in ranks above them, to run an idea past them or to seek advice. They dare not give the impression they don’t have the answers, or that they can benefit from feedback provided by someone outside of their immediate administrative circle. Thankfully, such attitudes and perspectives are on the decline, and a growing number of college presidents and other C-suite members are increasingly using executive coaches. In fact, access to an executive coach is frequently a benefit included in the contract of many newly-hired executives.
Originally published: January 30, 2023
Author: Charlie Nelms
Position: Chancellor Emeritus
Institution: North Carolina Central University
Published by: Diverse Issues in Higher Education