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Volume 3, Issue 8

Executives Shouldn't Fear Coaching

Leaders who embrace coaching are able to develop their skills in critical areas such as conflict resolution and team building, according to new research.

A new study from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and management consultancy the Miles Group found that although nearly all chief executives would welcome an outside perspective to advancement their professional development, nearly two-thirds do not receive coaching or leadership advice from those outside of their organization.

Stephen Miles, chief executive of the Miles Group, recently told Bloomberg Businessweek that he found it "concerning" that so many leaders are going without outside counsel.

"There is still some residual stigma around coaching that it is somehow ‘remedial' as opposed to something that enhances high performance, similar to how an elite athlete uses a coach," he says. "But there really is not a single top athlete who does not have a coach, and what is also interesting is that most of the greatest coaches in the world were not the best players... CEOs should not have insecurity about this issue and instead see coaching as a tool for improving what is already high performance."

This article is from the Aug. 19, 2013 issue.

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