Coaching Makes a Difference
According to the Wall Street Journal, corporate organizations have been challenged to increase the number of women executives in the pipeline for higher positions. This means that opportunities will be opening up for women to lead, but will you be ready?
Many women are unprepared to step into these leadership roles, not because they lack drive, intelligence or ability, but because they have never gotten the mentoring and career training that men have received. McKinsey & Co. conducted research that found that 62% of women occupy staff jobs “that rarely lead to a CEO role.” In contrast, the report found that 65% of men on the executive committee hold line jobs, which typically involve profit and loss responsibility for an operation.
The report suggested the use of coaches to help prepare women more fully for the complexity of business leadership. Joanna Barsh, a McKinsey senior partner who co-wrote the report, said companies need to spend more time coaching women and offering more leadership training and rotation through various management roles before their ambitions sour.
Because good coaching takes into consideration your work and life, your past skills and your future ambitions, it is often a much more successful way to build consistent and meaningful leadership. This is one of the main reasons why Bay Path College has incorporated educator coaches into our online program: so you develop more fully and are less likely to either lose focus or momentum.
When someone knows you – both your strengths and your weaknesses – they are more likely to be able to help you select a path that makes sense for you long-term, instead of a “quick fix.” And your education and career certainly need to be met with long-term solutions.