4 Questions You Need Answered Before Hiring a Qualified Leadership Coach

I’m often asked, “What is a leadership coach?” and “Why do I need a coach?” While these are important questions to consider, there are several more you should ask to make sure you find the right coach for your needs. Let’s look at the four essential questions you need to answer before hiring a qualified leadership coach.

Question One: What is Coaching?

When we think of coaching, we often envision sports teams or high-profile coaches in various fields. However, coaching extends far beyond athletics. Coaching involves guiding individuals or teams toward peak career performance, hobbies, or life goals. Whether macro-focused, like team coaching, or micro-focused, like individual skill development, coaching aims to unlock potential and achieve desired outcomes.

Question Two: Why Hire a Coach?

The question should be, “Why not?” Many successful professionals, including athletes, musicians, CEOs, and entrepreneurs, recognize the value of hiring a coach. A leadership coach can help you identify and address specific behaviors, training, and skills necessary to achieve your goals. Hiring a coach is a natural next step if you’re serious about reaching success.

Question Three: How to Hire a Coach?

Finding the right coach requires careful consideration and research. Take your time, do your due diligence, and consider scheduling a discovery call to learn more about the coach’s process and experience. It’s essential to envision your success with the coach and ensure they align with your goals and values.

Question Four: What is the Difference Between Coaching and Everything Else?

Understanding the distinction between coaching and other professional services like therapy, consulting, and mentoring. Coaching focuses on your present and future, helping you gain clarity, overcome obstacles, and achieve results. Coaching is forward-focused and does not dwell on past issues.

  • Coaching vs. Counseling: While coaching focuses on your present and future, counseling often addresses past issues and traumas. If your past significantly impacts your present, counseling may be more suitable. Conversely, coaching helps you move forward and achieve your goals by leveraging your strengths and resources.
  • Coaching vs. Consulting: Coaching guides you on your unique path to success, whereas consulting involves providing specialized knowledge and deliverables for specific projects. A coach empowers you to discover your path and potential, while a consultant may offer expert advice and solutions for challenges.
  • Coaching vs. Mentoring: Coaches focus on your overall development and helping you uncover your unique path, whereas mentors guide you along a specific developmental path. While mentors may provide advice and direction, coaches act as catalysts for your success, helping you tap into your inner resources and potential.

In Conclusion:

Hiring a leadership coach is a significant investment in personal and professional growth. Asking these four essential questions to find the right fit equips you to embark on a transformative coaching journey. Remember, you deserve a coach who can help you reach your full potential and achieve your goals.

If you’re considering hiring a coach, you’re welcome to contact me. I can help you find someone in your field or answer any questions.

I primarily coach transitioning leaders to figure out what kind of life they want to lead. If you’re facing transition, whether you’ve been hired, fired, retired, or just frustrated, send me a message or jump on my calendar and let’s see if we’re a good fit.