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Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Jackman and Metallica engaged a Coach

By October 21, 2022November 7th, 2022No Comments

Leadership Coaching and Celebrities

Oprah Winfrey, Metallica and Hugh Jackman claim their professional success was a a result of engaging a Coach.

I was sharing with some trusted peers that I find it interesting and frustrating that some people struggle to accept help. I am often engaged by an organisation to provide Leadership Coaching, and even though the organisation is paying for the service, some Leaders are reluctant to engage the support. I think some Leaders believe coaching is related to some kind of weakness or showing some kind of vulnerability. I completely understand why, but coaching isn’t always about working with weaknesses.

I recently posted How is your team @ work similar to an Olympic team?  Here I found some research that identified that engaging with Leadership Coaching is quite the opposite. In fact if your organisation offers you a Leadership Coach it could be that they see potential in you, to be nurtured, supported and developed.

For several years now I have recommended to new clients to pick up a copy of Finding your North Star by Dr Martha Beck. What I didn’t know till recently is Dr Beck is Oprah’s coach. I read Dr Beck’s book 15 years ago and it transformed my thinking about my career.

Metallica fan? This famous band was going through heated feuds, and with the help of life coach, Phil Towle, Metallica was able to align themselves with a common goal and work together in harmony to achieve it.  Sounds like a Leadership team to me!

There was even a documentary released in 2004 about the discord the band which was finally overcome, allowing them to release their subsequent album, “Death Magnetic.” Critics said this album helped the band return to form and their coach, Phil Towle, was considered pivotal to this outcome.

Hugh Jackman, Serena Williams and Bill Clinton all engaged a performance or leadership coach.

If you are unclear about the benefits, or have been thinking about coaching for yourself, one of your team or your leadership team. You can find out more HERE or feel free to book a no obligation chat with me HERE 

I hope this information has been of value,

Margie Ireland

Leadership Coach | Psychologist | Author