Transition Coaching for Senior Lawyers and Managers
You've been promoted, congratulations! But do you feel there is no one to turn to get through the challenges you face as you climb higher in your career? Leading Executive and Leadership Coach Toni Butler provides a case study summary of how one local Managing Partner of a law firm found the benefits of coaching.
During a recent round of meetings with law firms in Asia, I was encouraged to learn that coaching is being used less for remedial issues and is now more focused on building capability and supporting those with potential. While their need for support may be less obvious, it is beneficial.
A little while ago, I was asked to coach a Partner who had just taken on the local Managing Partner role. The brief was to assist him (read her/him) to establish credibility in the role, attend to some challenging leadership issues, and continue to manage the competing demands of the partner role, including building and maintaining a business profile.
With few others around him in which to truly confide, the role of Coach was that of sounding board, devil’s advocate and confidante, in addition to providing a few practical suggestions here and there. As with an athlete, the coach’s role is to help the client increase awareness of their own technique and collaboratively develop strategies to refine that technique for greater impact. We interrogated his techniques around communication, meeting management, organization, people leadership and control.
After almost 12 months of coaching support, the Partner is well established in the role and feeling much more confident dealing with some of the more difficult issues. Review meetings have confirmed the positive outcomes of the coaching support and the law firm is now providing coaching support to their Senior Associates in preparation for promotion to Partner.