This is a great question. Often we see coaching as the exclusive domain of athletes and C-Level Executives. We look at these leaders and athletes and see great their performance and wonder … just how they got where they are.
As a youth I played baseball. Our coach would watch us play and offer external observations about our performance. Are we chopping the bat, do we have a good stance, are we missing some crucial part of performance?
Executives in large corporations hire coaches to sit and observe meetings and offer insights that executives don’t see. I can recall the tale of an executive I know for a large company. His previous role, at another company, had allowed him to be blunt, direct, and full of profanity in his interactions. This new company culture was different. His coach worked with him to improve his interactions turning him from a brusque genius to an all-around chill dude.
From youth baseball to fortune 500 executives we all need a trusted adviser and confidant. Our heros in athletics all have coaches, movie stars, politicians, and executives all have coaches (and most cases they change coaches as they grow). If all of these great people have had coaches the question should not “am I a candidate for coaching” but “which kind of coach do I need and why am I waiting”
Certainly we are biased at SFPCA and want to be your coach (if we have the experience to help you) more importantly: we want to see you happily engaged in coaching and improvement no matter the source of your coach.