If you are a leadership coach, you already know that we are truly blessed to be working in one of the most fulfilling and fun professions that there is. In the spirit of the many obligatory gratitude emails that you see every Thanksgiving, following are ten reasons why we should feel super grateful.
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Here are ten reasons to be grateful if you are a coach:
- Work with great people. Leaders who seek coaching are awesome. They want to get better. They are open to support to achieve inspiring and ambitious goals. They are willing to receive feedback. They want to make great things happen.
- Work on great issues. Coaches get to work with leaders on their most pressing challenges and opportunities. We get to be trusted advisors on key strategic initiatives, building the best executive team possible, and creating a culture that performs. We also help leaders get control of their time, have more work-life balance, and advance their careers.
- Make a big difference. The effective coaches get to see real results. We see leaders and managers succeed in their roles, improve results in their organizations, and advance their careers. We also see them be more productive and get more time for family
- There is little or no drudgery. Unlike almost any other job I can think of, coaches don’t have to deal with much in the way of red tape, bureaucracy, and the daily friction that you see in so many organizations. We can focus the bulk of our time on critical issues with our clients.
- Work from anywhere. For the past two decades, I have run my six-figure practice from my home office. This lets me fish, kayak, and play tennis in between coaching sessions — and also be available to spend maximum time with my family. I know coaches who travel from one country to the next while coaching their clients. This is a wonderfully flexible profession!
- Make your own hours. You choose whether to coach full time or part time. You have the flexibility to create your ideal day and week.
- Be creative. Coaching opens up opportunities to write articles and books, create videos, speak, develop assessments, and come up with new frameworks to help people improve results. If you want to be creative, coaching lets you do that.
- Enjoy never-ending learning. There are constantly new insights from the top business schools, psychologists, and scientists about effective influence, communication, and leadership. Being a coach is like having access to a never-ending university.
- Travel to great places if you want. As a result of my coaching, I have been able to visit some wonderful places and people in the past couple of years, including Romania, the Philippines, Australia, the UK, and Indonesia. I know many coaches who get invited to amazing places every year. You can create wonderful travel opportunities, too, if you want.
- Make a great income. Do the math: Assume an average six-month coaching engagement nets $20,000 (and that’s low for many top leadership coaches), or $40,000 for a year. Choose the income you want to have, and you can calculate how many clients you need to attract to hit your goal. You don’t need that many clients to make a great income – and this is before fees from speaking, facilitation, training, and other opportunities.
I know that I am blessed. I know that my coaching colleagues are blessed. If you want to feel super grateful next year at this time, get into our coach training program today at http://centerforexecutivecoaching.com