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Executive Coaches and the Legal Profession

IF you look at most successful people like politicians, a business owners, a professional, or an artist, you will find someone playing an advisory role behind them and guiding them all throughout their career until they have attained the success that they have now. When these individuals or groups of individuals are faced with something big or need to make some very crucial decisions in their lives, they usually fail to think out of the box or else they fail to analyze things well and use good judgment over the matter. This is commonly called “blind spot”. And we all have our blind spots and the reason why in our present economy, there is an increasing trend in top corporations toward hiring external coaches to work with senior level executives.

What executive coaches are to a company is a sounding board and someone who conditions everyone to a reality check, and this is why they are hired by these companies. What they can do is provide support and validation to the group using their resourcefulness, their acumen, and their 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. Here is the difference. When you are dealing with a consultant, he will try to find ways to help you achieve your desired objective. In most cases, a consultant does not act as a mentor but a role alleviator. It usually ends in detailing the steps that are necessary to achieve the desired outcome of the case, of one’s professional career or in getting more business. Sometimes the consultants even do the work for you to achieve their own ends.

This is not how a coach works. 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 however is one who is responsible for providing support, feedback and an alternative outlook to squeeze out an unsought premise that even the mentor himself or herself is clueless where it will lead to. It helps the lawyer to think better and to think differently or unconventionally.

There is a monthly fee charged by these executive coaches and their usually schedules are weekly phone conferences with their clients. The amount that executive coaches charge their clients can be as low as a few hundred dollars to as expensive as several thousands of dollars.

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