A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could. ~ Zig Ziglar
I have long believed in the power of having a coach to develop myself as a leader and entrepreneur so much so that I now serve entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives as their coach. I will always have coaches in my life so that I can get better at coaching others.
How the Role of Coaching has Shifted
In the business world, coaching was long thought to be something to correct underperformance; however, today leaders consider the hiring coaches to be essential much like professional athletes do. Coaching in business is now used to support top producers and to generate immediate results especially in times of change, challenges, and in pursuing new opportunities.
The coaching industry has grown rapidly in the last ten years. The demand for coaches is creating a supply of fresh, inexperienced coaches who have minimal training but fancy websites and ads. Finding a master coach takes effort. You have to pull back the curtain and seek the truth. But the investment of time and energy will pay exponential dividends. Just like a professional athlete, having the right master coach in your corner could mean the difference of millions of dollars, saving your marriage or other important relationships, building a legacy that you’re proud of and more.
A former business client had struggled with consultants and inexperienced coaches spending tens of thousands of dollars on office hardware and software systems only to stay in the same place. He then hired me and we quickly discovered his problem had nothing to do with his system and everything to do with how he was thinking about his people. We worked to build an awareness in his thinking that changed his perspective of his employees. As a result, his employees became more engaged. In less than six months his issues were creatively solved and his company’s revenue increased tenfold.
What Makes a Coach a Master Coach?
Master leadership coaches first work on themselves unceasingly. As an example, I am constantly open to new ideas and philosophies and participate in specialized training for coaches several times per year. I study coaching seriously and take coaching seriously. I totally care about the person across from me. That's what it's all about anyway…helping people.
I am not shy about claiming to be a master coach because I seek to get better so I can help you become who you want to become more quickly and with less effort. I continue to invest the time, energy and money to be trained. I have been a leader, serving first as an officer in the US Marine Corps, and then, as an executive in a corporation for years. Neither of these alone are sufficient for my claim of mastery. However, when you combine my investments and my experiences with the visible results of the employees and clients I have worked tirelessly to coach over 30 years, you can see that I have helped countless people achieve what they deeply desired in their businesses and lives.
When I consider the coaches I chose to guide me, I find that they all have three things in common:
1. They care deeply about people, especially me.
2. They each have incredibly high personal standards and ambitions.
3. They have a high level of self-knowledge.
These are the top three things you should look for in a coach. However, there are more. Below I share a list of ten things you should expect from a master coach. This will make your search easier.
10 Things to Expect from Your Master Leadership Coach
Here are ten things that you should expect from a master leadership development and personal growth coach who can help you navigate from your point A to your point B. In the process of navigating that change you will achieve your desired goals, objectives, and results for your business and for your life.
A master coach will bring you into a system of structure and support
A master coach is highly organized. This demonstrates the coach’s commitment to your success. The better you become, the better results you will expect from future coaching sessions. This is why there is a planned coaching schedule. Coaching is like working out. The more you stick to the coaching program, the stronger you will become.
A master coach provides an environment of accountability
You don’t want a coach who promises to hold you accountable for what you say you want. That type of coaching won’t help you grow. A master coach will bring you into a system of structure and support where you will build the desire and discipline to want to be accountable to yourself and you will learn about accountability and the high cost of excuses.
A master coach is someone you can trust and be vulnerable with
Entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives usually have good teams of good people around them yet it is highly unlikely that these people can provide the insight, care, and candor of a master coach with whom the real issues can be unpacked. You want a coach who is not tied to your organization, friends, family, or anybody else. This gives your coach the ability to be unbiased and totally objective. You also want to make sure your coach will keep your discussions private. In order to be open and vulnerable, you need to feel safe and your coach needs to be trustworthy.
A master coach will challenge your habitual thinking
A coach can answer questions and provide insights; however, a master coach’s primary job is not to answer questions. Your coach’s duty is to bring you into a new space where you can learn to upgrade your level of thinking and learn to ask empowering questions of yourself and others. It is only through asking highly-calibrated questions and up-leveled thinking that you can discover new ways to attack old problems.
A master coach will not agree with your conditions or circumstances
Conditions and circumstances are inevitable. We all have them personally and in our businesses. A master coach will help you learn to not let those conditions and circumstances have you. Coaching works well when you are clear as to your struggle or you know where you want to go. You just don’t know how to get there. A master coach brings different perspectives and alternatives to your awareness so you can make the required decisions that will change your business and life.
A master coach is not your cheerleader
A master coach will be encouraging and inspiring to you and will promote celebrating your wins along the way and that is where it stops. Your coach will keep you moving in the direction of what you say you want and will deliver the requisite energetic supplement (figurative kick in the butt) when needed.
A master coach will equip you with the mental and emotional tools to grow
Many business owners and executives plateau in their influence and interpersonal skills. Equipping works by developing the strengths you already have, not trying to overcome your weaknesses. One of the biggest challenges I work with clients on is helping them see their undeveloped strengths. These are not weaknesses yet are often confused as such and therefore they remain undeveloped. By equipping you, the master coach teaches, trains, and resources you to move beyond your plateau, raise the lid on your leadership, and continue to build up your strengths, including the undeveloped ones.
A master coach will provide intentional growth
In my experience, clients typically do not want to wade through all the info (much of which is conflicting) to figure out what is the best way to achieve the result they want. You don’t want to figure it out nor become the expert. You just want the result. A master coach will provide the intentional growth through study and help you get there.
Another client, a medical doctor in his seventies looking to retire, was unsure of which way to turn or what to do next. There was a persistent thought that, without his career, the significance and respect he received daily as a doctor would no longer present. He felt that when he retired he would become less valuable to the world and those around him. That’s when he engaged me as his coach and found a boost in his self-confidence and introspective exploration. As a result, he found he had more to give and embarked upon a new direction in international travel medicine because he intentionally grew.
A master coach will help evaluate experiences
Experience is not the best teacher. Evaluated experience is the best teacher. Most people long remember the feeling around an experience but quickly forget the learning that could have been gained from the experience. Your level of success seldom exceeds your level of personal development and growth. This growth is only done through the learning from evaluated experiences.
A master coach will hold your hand
I’ve found that clients actually want hand-holding and guidance to their Promised Land, step-by-step. When you go for what you want, fear will naturally come up, so the hand-holding is super important. You do not want to feel like you are in it alone. My clients tell me that when they do it alone they do not get what they want.
An example is a client who is an economist and independent financial advisor. He is also an aspiring author. While successful, his previous efforts at increasing his business and writing his book all on his own without support and coaching were producing virtually nothing for him. After engaging me as his coach and coming inside my system and structure of support, accountability, and my hand-holding, he has since made great progress in all domains of his life, including having a book ready for publication.
Making the Decision to Hire a Master Coach
The decision to engage a master leadership development and personal growth coach can be a real game changer for people to move from success to more success or even from success to significance. Successful people make decisions quickly and seldom change them.
Unsuccessful people are slow to make decisions and change them often and also look for paths to success that are easy, convenient, and free. Free and cheap information is not enough. No book, internet site, app, or any amount of free Googleable information will ever replace a skilled master like me. The most valuable thing I have to offer you when you are ready to achieve your results is the experience of mastering a proven system of support that has helped thousands of people, just like you, reach the success and significance they deeply desire.
To get started, just send me an email at email@example.com or if you are still not sure, visit my website at www.davidnorrisleadership.com and be sure to download my chapter from my book.
About the author:
David Norris is a leadership development and personal growth coach for entrepreneurs, business owners, executives, and men and women who seek to up-level themselves, their businesses, their lives, and the lives of the people around them. David has dedicated his life to empowering and teaching people to be better leaders and better human beings. David is co-author of the international best-selling book The Change 7- Insights Into Self-Empowerment, and he can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through his website at www.davidnorrisleadership.com.