Do All CEOs Need a Coach? Do You?

by Candace Moody

An article published on August 13, 2012 by Ray Williams in Wired for Success states that an executive coach is a must have for CEOs. The very confidence that may have propelled someone to the executive suite may be his or her undoing, as egos get in the way of asking for or taking advice.  You can read the whole article here.

He writes:

“A study by Kelly See, Elizabeth Wolfe Morrison, and Naomi Rothman, published in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision, concluded one characteristic of powerful and successful leaders is high levels of self-confidence. Unfortunately, the researchers say, the higher the self-confidence, the less likely these leaders are open to advice and feedback.”

Do you agree? Do you think that women, as leaders, are less prone to this kind of hubris? Or are we also subject to this same pitfall?

I know we have coaches in our audience. I’d like to hear from you on your experience with executives. Leave a comment.


About candacemoody

Candace’s background includes Human Resources, recruiting, training and assessment. She spent several years with a national staffing company, serving employers on both coasts. Her writing on business, career and employment issues has appeared in the Florida Times Union, the Atlanta Journal Constitution and 904 Magazine, as well as several national publications and websites. Candace is often quoted in the media on local labor market and employment issues.
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One Response to Do All CEOs Need a Coach? Do You?

  1. Doug Wilder says:

    Candace, as an Executive Coach, I talk to many CEOs and leaders. The article you quoted is exactly right: the attitude, behavior, and skills that propelled a CEO to his or her position of power may also be factors hindering even greater success. The trick is to harness the drive and talent, but at the same time contain or eliminate the behaviors that might undo the forward progress. The coach’s role is to free up that CEO from the factors that might be limiting success so that CEO can focus on his or her strengths.

    Just as women are said to be more likely to ask for directions, I also believe women CEOs are more likely to ask for a coach.

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