As a coach, I ask a lot of questions. As a coach, I also get asked a lot of questions.
One that I get often is, “What exactly is leadership coaching?”
While I can’t speak for other coaches, I can surely answer that question based on how I work with clients.
If you are considering whether or not to hire a coach, you are actually deciding if you are ready to embark on a grand adventure.
Coaching is not for everyone, and even highly coachable people have times in their lives when coaching may not be what they really want or need.
Here are a few important questions to ask yourself before making your decision.
Is it the right time for me to hire a coach?
If you feel like you are ready to make some important changes, the time is right for you. If you are extremely busy and cannot imagine taking on another thing, then the time is definitely right for you. The first thing we will want to explore is what we can remove from your busy schedule to make your life feel simpler, more balanced, and manageable.
Can I afford to pay for a coach?
If you hire me, you will be making an important INVESTMENT in your life – equivalent in its overall impact to an advanced college degree, or possibly more. You’re not paying me, you’re investing in yourself! At the end of the day, ask yourself, can you afford not to move forward?
Am I willing to try new things?
During your coaching, you will be invited to look at old situations in new ways. You will be offered new concepts and different ways to approach things. If you are willing to try out new possibilities and stretch your creative side, you will get a large return for your investment.
Do you normally give up on goals and personal aspirations?
If every year, you create a list of resolutions or goals of things you should do, but never seem to quite stick with them, then you need me as your coach. Usually, the problem is these things are “should’s” rather than “musts,” and we will change that quickly.
Am I ready to truly define success for myself?
If you are eager to fulfill your current dreams, discover new ones, and truly define what success is for you, then you are ready for coaching. If you want to separate yourself from the rest of the pack, then let’s get started!
If most of the above speaks to you, then I will make it my responsibility to get you committed to starting ASAP. Procrastination limits, if not blocks, us from attaining our goals and dreams.
If something in this article is resonating with you, don’t hesitate to contact me. Let’s discuss your needs and possibilities.
In a future article, we will take a deep dive into the leadership coaching process itself. Are you ready?
Dave Ferguson is “The Leaders’ Coach”, an internationally recognized executive leadership coach, speaker, facilitator, and author. Are you interested in talking to Dave about coaching or having Dave speak to inspire and motivate your team? “ASK COACH DAVE” at 704-907-0171 or at Dave@AskCoachDave.com.