What Is a Professional Coach?

Experts say that over 90% of our success in business and in life comes from connecting effectively with those around us. A Professional Coach provides the space, skills, and tools to help her clients cultivate that connection with the key people around them.This partnership between a coach and an individual supports the achievement of results based on goals set by the individual. Through the process of coaching, individuals focus on the skills and actions needed to successfully produce their personally relevant results.In essence, Professional Coaching has many facets. First, it is about helping people to recognize the way they are looking at things and to discover other, more powerful or actionable, ways to look at situations. A Professional Coach creates a safe environment for individuals to see their own blind spots and, from this, to take actions more in alignment with their whole selves.

Actions taken by a whole person are more effective than those taken by someone not in alignment with herself. Thus, coaching is behavioral- and performance-focused, which means it helps individuals perform tasks better than they did before.Leading is high-stress work. The higher you go, the greater your freedom to control your destiny but also the higher the degree of stress. The question is not whether you can avoid stress but how you can control it to maintain your own sense of equilibrium.

Besides spending time with their families and close friends, authentic leaders get physical exercise, engage in spiritual practices, do community service, and return to the places where they grew up. Balance in the work day can take many forms and doesn’t have to take a lot of time: 10 minutes to walk around the block and get fresh air, five deep breaths and a stretch while the computer is churning, a phone call to a friend. All balance practices are essential to the effectiveness of leaders, enabling them to sustain their authenticity and their true power.