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12 Key Reasons to Hire a Leadership Coach

I am often asked why would someone seek coaching for leadership and do you have to be a corporate leader to benefit? I don’t think so. Leadership skills, capabilities and behaviours are required by many of us across a range of contexts not only at work and not only in an office environment. Developing leadership skills is of course important at work, whether you are in a designated leadership role or not. They are also important however, for small business owners, community workers, volunteers, committee members, in sport for young people, for men and for women and the list could go on.

Across all of these contexts, these are the 12 key areas in which people both seek out and benefit from, leadership coaching:

  1. Lack of confidence
  2. Imposter syndrome
  3. Seeking Promotion and/or recognition
  4. To improve overall leadership capability
  5. To improve or enhance emotional intelligence
  6. To learn more about human behaviour
  7. To learn more about self both personally and in relation to strengths and leadership
  8. To achieve a goal: often presenting as wanting to move away from something unpleasant e.g. awful job, bad boss…
  9. For career development
  10. To manage a difficult situation e.g. bullying, managing challenging behaviours, poor workplace culture
  11. To develop specific leadership skills, capabilities and behaviours* either generally in response to an assessment of leadership capability or sometimes specifically in response to the identification of a fatal flaw
  12. To fix a fatal flaw: Zenger and Folkman describe as fatal flaws 10 leadership shortcomings that can derail leaders and of which poor leaders are commonly unaware


*Leadership Capabilities, Skills and Behaviours

As referred to in point 11, these include:

  • Visioning
  • Setting effective (SMART) goals
  • Having a leadership Standard
  • Influencing (people, culture)
  • Assertiveness
  • Negotiation
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Creating a shared understanding
  • Conflict resolution
  • Having difficult conversations
  • Change management
  • Leadership strategies and tools
  • Acknowledgement and praise
  • Effective decision making

10 Most Common Fatal Flaws

These were identified through research done by by Zenger and Folkman (2009, pp 152 – 159)

  1. Not Inspiring others
  2. Accepting mediocre performance
  3. Lack of clarity around vision and direction
  4. Lack of trust
  5. Lack of collaboration
  6. Poor role model
  7. Not learning from mistakes i.e. not developing self
  8. Poor interpersonal skills (EQ)
  9. Resistant to new initiatives and change
  10. Focus on self, doesn’t develop others

If you have sought leadership coaching or are a leadership coach and have a different view or some points to add I would love to see it in the comments section.

For more information about leadership coaching with me call 0421 775 924 or email



  • Coaching for Leadership (3rd ed.), 2012. Goldsmith G., Lyons, L. S., McArthur, S. Ed. Pffeifer
  • The Extraordinary Leader, 2009. Zenger, J. and Folkman, J. McGraw Hill
  • 10 Fatal Flaws that Derail Leaders, Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman, HBR, June 2009



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