COACHING FOR PURPOSE
Executive coaches have become increasingly prevalent over the last 20 years in the for-profit sector, where, not surprisingly, businesses invest more time and resources to develop leadership capacity compared to not-for-profit organizations. More recently, independent school heads–particularly those newly appointed–often have a leadership coach through the first 1-3 years of their transition, though this is rarely extended to other leaders in a school. The benefits of coaching, even for highly-successful leaders, are coming into focus.
Coaching is a relationship that helps leaders maximize opportunities and get through the most difficult challenges in their careers.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS 2017
Organizations are also embracing an evolved vision of leadership: the leader as coach. For independent schools–already oriented with a growth mindset as learning organizations–folding in the premises and tactical skills of coaching among the leadership team is a natural next step.
Increasingly, coaching is becoming integral to the fabric of a learning culture—a skill that good managers at all levels need to develop and deploy.
Ibarra and Anne Scoular
Harvard Business Review 2019