I posted a recent post by the name of Leadership Coaching is Not for Everyone. I had a lot of responses to this post, and I wanted to make you all aware of The Boss Whispering Institute, brought to my attention by Laura Crawshaw, Ph.D., BCC, Founder of The Boss Whispering Institute, dedicated to research & training in the field of coaching abrasive leaders
The Boss Whispering Institute is the world’s first organization dedicated to research and training in the field of coaching abrasive leaders, including medical, legal, and academic professionals, and Laura mentioned on LinkedIn that she is happy to share the methods with everyone. You can access it by going to their website www.bosswhispering.com, going to the Research & Publications page, scrolling down to Coaching-Related Publications, and clicking on “Coaching Abrasive Leaders: Using Action Research to Reduce Suffering and Increase Productivity in Organizations”, Crawshaw, L., International Journal of Coaching in Organizations, Autumn, 2010. This will allow you to download the PDF of the article.
I just want to remind everyone to re-read the article I posted. I do want to emphasize that I said this:
Now then, I want to shift just a minute to the clients who are more than likely not going to respond well to coaching. This is not always the case, but I have seen these five scenarios dozens of times, and I have actually ended contracts with people who have exhibited these behaviors, because I can tell that the situation is just not getting better.
I want to emphasize that I did not say that leaders with certain behaviors could not be coached. In my experience, people who get about six to eight weeks down the road in a coaching engagement and who are not shifting (in my experiences) will tell me upon questioning that “the company wanted this…not me”. And, as we all know, a person has to want to change to truly change on the inside.
I applaud Laura and the Boss Whispering Institute for their work with being able to turn around the more challenging leader. So, you can check out their work, or you can refer a more difficult client their way if you feel you cannot coach a leader who is just not shifting.