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Executive Coaches and 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. This is commonly called “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. Even top lawyers benefit from having a mentor and you will find them achieving peak performances with their help.

Coaching picks up where traditional consulting leaves off. And the difference is this. Typically, a consultant will seek to identify ways that will enable you to achieve your desired objective. What consultants do is to improve your role but they don’t mentor you. What the consultant then ends up doing is detailing steps that are important for you to achieve your desire for your career. Sometimes the consultants even do the work for you to achieve their own ends.

This is not how a coach works. It does not succeed by having the type of relationship where a more senior or experienced person acts as an advisor or guide to a junior or a trainee. When a coach works with someone, he provides support, feedback and an alternative outlook so that it squeezes out ideas that even the mentor himself does not know where it will lead to. This will eventually help the lawyer to think is a different, unconventional way.

There is a monthly fee charged by these executive coaches and their usually schedules are weekly phone conferences with their clients. Fees can range from a few hundred dollars up to several thousand dollars.

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