When I was a new Head of School, it never occurred to me to consider engaging with an Executive or Leadership Coach. I didn't know anyone who did that kind of work and no one offered to connect me with a coach. Looking back on my experience "jumping into the deep end of the pool" at my new school with little support, I would have benefited tremendously from having a coach - and my school, in turn, would have benefited as well.
When I started my consulting business over three years ago, I engaged a coach to help me think through my process. He helped me identify my strengths and pinpoint areas where I could develop my skills. The insight I gained from talking with him was tremendous. Over the past several years I have served as a Leadership Coach for many school leaders, both Heads of Schools and middle-level managers. I am sold on the benefits of having a trained, objective third party provide a sounding board, feedback, and encouragement for anyone, and especially for leaders.
Joan Garry recently wrote a article that I think beautifully articulates the benefits of coaching. She focuses on nonprofit leaders and her points translate directly to small school leaders. You can read it HERE.
I welcome the opportunity to engage in Leadership Coaching with more school leaders! Find out more about my coaching practice HERE.