General Counsel certainly don’t publicize it when they retain a coach for themselves. The truth probably is that few do. This is remarkable because the position has enormous pressures and the chief legal officer may not have a member of the department (or elsewhere within the company) to which he or she can confide. More important, the position of power may warp the person’s sense of self-importance, invulnerability, and mastery.
An independent coach for the top lawyer, not someone who works within the company, can provide an antidote. A coach can observe and recommend improvements for leadership styles, for personality traits, for career progression, and for better self-awareness. Many general counsel and their law departments would benefit from the guidance of an experienced coach.