Surely a great business coach should ultimately focus on enabling the business leader to be the best they can be, independent of their input?
A best friend’s investment in the relationship is selfish; a business coach’s investment need to fundamentally remain selfless.
Whilst many business leaders are involved in choosing who their coach will be, the basis on which the relationship is established can take the coachee into a much more challenging and at times uncomfortable space.
A coachee is not a reflection of a coach from a personal perspective so the need to protect a ‘best friendship’ does not prevail and therefore the coaches impartiality, a crucial factor in a successful coaching relationship, is not diminished.
You were chosen above everyone else as their best friend, therefore their agenda for you is impacted by their agenda for themselves, so they listen and support from a subjective position.
They come from a place where their intent is to comfort and support, which can at times be against all rational evidence and in direct contrast to where a coach is coming from.
A best friend holds up the mirror to you when you need feedback and holds you to account when you need to be reminded about who you really are.
Your best friend can be relied upon to be there for you, through thick and through thin.
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