Attorney Coaching: An Overview



Coaching can have powerful impact in a number of areas of an attorney’s career and life, from becoming a more effective leader of an organization or practice, to sifting through career options, to establishing new habits for greater productivity and greater work/life balance.  The International Coaching Federation defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” For sustained change, growth and success, coaching requires that the client take new actions and have new conversations. Professional coaching has only one goal: to enable the client to meet whatever goals he or she chooses.


The coaching process begins with establishing a strictly confidential relationship in which the coach and the client must be willing to be open, honest, courageous and committed. The attorney client and the coach explore, identify, sharpen and hone exactly what the client desires to achieve as the end result.  An important part of the goal setting process is uncovering together the client’s underpinning values for why those particular goals are important. Answering the question “for the sake of what do I want to achieve what I say I want” sheds a bright light on the goals and brings it closer and into greater focus. It is worth highlighting that “professional” coaching, as with executives or attorney-clients, does not mean “impersonal”. Quite to the contrary, professional coaching, done right, is highly personal, for it seeks to mine from the individual that essence of a person’s unique self which drives one’s passion for success: one’s heart.


Once clearly defined goals are identified, a plan is created outlining measurable milestones along the road to success.  This becomes the map to guide the client as we navigate over, around and through the obstacles that eventually appear.   Skillful coaching helps to diminish the impact of these distractions by exploring new territory of learning and incorporating insights for taking new action, while keeping on a steady course toward maximizing opportunities.


"Success is...knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others."

 ~ John Maxwell

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