Top 3 Lessons From A Christian Executive Coach

By Bertulda Zerna

One advantage that a good Christian Executive Coach is guaranteed to possess is the ability to work with a variety of clients. This allows for a collective of wisdom as these professionals work with different executives and leaders across many different business models and niches. Following are three lessons that I have learned over my time as a Christian Executive Coach.

First, leadership is lonely. Every executive I have coached consistently talks about the struggle of being at the top of the food chain. Pressures come from internal and external sources. Everybody seems to want something.

It is difficult for employees to fully understand the type of stress and burden that leaders tend to carry concerning those that they must lead. Leaders often feel understood while simultaneously doing everything that they possibly can to ensure that all needs are being met.

Second, leaders often question whether or not they are competent. They have to appear self-confident and must exude both discernment and direction at all times. They constantly wonder whether their efforts are going to fail or succeed. A lot of the people that I have worked with in the past wonder if the masks they wear are transparent.

Finally, leaders and visionaries never find the end. As I have coached Christian executives, I have found that even when they accomplish their goals, they push on to another one. There never seems to be contentment for leaders. There is always another iteration, one more milestone and something else to accomplish. Leaders lead; that is what they do.

One major benefit of working with a Christian executive coach is getting help in finding the perfect path for individual goals while remaining grounded and understanding that you aren't alone. Other people will face many of the same challenges that you are currently facing, albeit in different forums. Understanding this will provide sufficient confidence and assurance for keeping you moving forward.

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