A Guide to Executive Coaches for the Legal Profession
Critical to most successful people whether a politician, a business owner, a professional or an artist, they all rest on the bedrock of having along with them an advisers who plays a crucial part of their success. The logic seems to reflect over the reality that when one, or a group, is engrossed over something important or critical, the ability to think out of the box gets out of the question, and the likelihood of deciding over something severely substantial to alight themselves with a better analysis or a judgment, is fundamentally curtailed. We commonly call this blind spot. All of us, for that matter, have our own blind spots, and this is the reason why today there is a trend where top corporations hire external coaches to work with senior level executives.
These executive coaches act not only as a sounding board but also conditions the group or the individual to a reality check. Using their resourcefulness, acumen, and expertise, they provide support and validation to the group.
Nowadays this trend of hiring a professional coach has caught up with the legal profession as well. These coaches help lawyers succeed in their careers because with the collaboration of the mentor they are able to put an edge on their performance. This includes even top performing lawyers who are more likely to achiever peak performances when they have a mentor.
Coaching picks up where traditional consulting leaves off. And what makes them differ? In a typical consulting relationship, a consultant will identify ways that you can achieve your desired objective. In this way, consultant do not act as mentors but as a role alleviator. What the consultant then ends up doing is detailing steps that are important for you to achieve your desire for your career. In order for consultants to achieve their own ends, they sometimes even do the work for you.
Coaches are not like these. Key to the success of this relationship is not the type of mentor who because they are more senior or more experienced acts as an advisor or guide to a junior or a trainee. A coach works with the person he is mentoring by providing support, feedback, and an alternative outlook and both does not really know where the discussions will lead them but usually this leads to something really beneficial. It helps the lawyer to think better and to think differently or unconventionally.
Executive coaches often charge a monthly fee and schedule weekly phone conferences with their clients. The amount that executive coaches charge their clients can be as low as a few hundred dollars to as expensive as several thousands of dollars.