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. In reality, when an individual or a group is taken up over something that is very important or crucial, they are not able to think out of the box, and they are not able to decide properly using good analysis and judgment. 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 coaches that are hired by companies to coach executive act not only as a sounding board but it also conditions everyone to a reality check. They provide support and validation, using their resourcefulness, their acumen and expertise.

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 is not only for the regular lawyers, but even top performing lawyers achieve peak performances when they are under a mentor.

Coaching picks up what traditional consultation can’t do. And what makes them differ? Typically, a consultant will seek to identify ways that will enable you to achieve your desired objective. In this way, consultant do not act as mentors but as a role alleviator. The consultant will end up listing steps that you need to take in order for you to achieve your objective in your professional career or business. Sometimes the consultants even do the work for you to achieve their own ends.

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. This will eventually help the lawyer to think is a different, unconventional way.

Executive coaches often charge a monthly fee and schedule weekly phone conferences with their clients. The fees of these coaches can run from a few hundred dollars up to several thousand dollars.

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