I am often referred to CEOs by executives or others who know that CEO and think, “this CEO could benefit by having a coach.” During discussions with the CEO, topics typically revolve around several subjects and sometimes objections or rationalizations for not getting a coach. Here are some of the rationalizations and objections I hear:
“I am already a good CEO and doing just fine.” According to John C Maxwell, the preeminent author on leadership, the #1 law of leadership is the Law of the Lid, and leadership ability determines a person’s level of effectiveness. No organization can go any higher than the leader’s ability to lead. After an engagement, we find that many CEOs who think they are doing “just fine” later understand they were setting the bar too low. They were holding their organizations back from the growth that was truly possible. These CEOs found out they were not always asking the right questions they should have been asking. Others have acknowledged that it was enlightening and beneficial for their thinking to be challenged. And we hear they could raise the bar on their leadership after engaging a coach.
You may ask yourself: What key factors about my presence in meetings matter, or what might I be doing that intimidates people? How often do people challenge me, or how do I react when things get tough, or someone pushes my buttons somehow?