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Why Would You Want To Hire a Coach?

Why Would You Want To Hire a Coach?

By Mary Verstraete

I wish the answer was simply: It works. It's not that straightforward because understanding the process and results of coaching is important for you to draw your own conclusion.

I would like to begin with a conclusion I've drawn from coaching and consulting with leaders for more than 25 years:

I'm convinced that coaching is one of the most effective and influential mindsets in the life of a leader. When there is convergence of personality, natural abilities, acquired skills, mission, vision, and values, there is the ability to lead with intentionality, significance, and clarity. 


A recent client wrote this note at the end of our nine months of coaching:

Life was crashing around me personally and professionally and I needed to bring stability to my company. You provided the process for me to map out changes for the company and as a result, I found that the changes I wanted to make were the most beneficial to the company. This built my confidence. 
I also wanted help learning how to communicate with the different personalities which would help me build a strong team. I gained insight into how I could relate to each employee and be a part of their professional development.
You provided the support and confirmation I needed for myself personally and my business. Without your coaching, I do not know where my company would be right now.


The credit first and foremost needs to point at the coaching process. This kind of "testimony" echoes what many coaches receive from their clients. 


Following is an example of a coach's role and coaching process: You're a small business owner and you want to leverage your leadership to achieve greater effectiveness. 

A skilled coach will:

  1. Have awareness that when leaders are not leveraging their leadership, growth is stagnated, influence is diminished, and competencies cease to be fully expressed and utilized.
  2. Have genuine concern for your leadership future.
  3. Engage with you to understand your perspective of the future–your current reality.
    • A coach is committed to listen intently to understand your goals, values, and beliefs for what is possible or not possible in your leadership vision. 
  4. Bring clarity to any self-limiting beliefs and what would prevent you from leveraging your leadership.
  5. Explore and discover challenges and barriers to your vision.
  6. Work with you to ensure that your leadership role is a complimentary fit for your skills, abilities, vision, mission, and values. 
  7. Collaboratively identify and construct possible options to pave the way to your vision. 
  8. Partner with you to delineate a range of goals to achieve your vision.
  9. Support the implementation of your vision.

Bottom line, a coach works collaboratively with you to maximize your personal and professional potential. There is another result of the coaching process that stands out:

Coaching is dynamic framework for lasting transformation, providing a confidential and trusting environment for you to explore, discover, and design a future with legacy.


If this process is inviting to you or you have thought about hiring a coach, I encourage you to take the next step. It is important to find a skillful coach and a coach that is an ideal fit for your situation and you as a person. If you would like to explore coaching further, contact the CCE office at 612.246.4787 or request a free personal consultation. 

Mary is a professional leadership consultant. She works with ambitious business professionals who want to leverage their leadership to achieve significant influence and effectiveness. 

As a business consultant, Mary works with organizations to establish a culture of synergistic teams, systems and processes for greater employee engagement, employee loyalty, and communication effectiveness. 

Mary is President and Cofounder of the Center for Coaching Excellence, a distinctive training organization that focuses on developing highly competent coaches through a mentor-training approach and a training model of coaching that easily transitions into professional and personal conversations. She continues to expanded coaching into diverse industries by developing customized coach training used in companies such as ExxonMobil, Chevron, and MJ Senior Housing.