The role of chief executives and other senior people can be intensely lonely. Often they don't know with whom they can safely discuss critical organisational, personal, or strategy issues. My role is to give senior people the time and space to think and to reflect on what is most important and how they can have the impact they want to have.
At the same time, it's important to link individual coaching with other work. I encourage leaders to get feedback on their impact on others and to talk to subordinates more openly about the issues that most concern them. Without links such as these, coaching can lose touch with organisational and group realities.