Providing one-on-one executive coaching is an expensive yet potentially powerful part of a leadership development strategy. It provides the opportunity for regular, targeted, individualized, and accelerated attention on a leader’s development goals. It offers a structure and safe space for consistent self-reflection and action planning, as well as a thought partner to provide support, reflective questioning, and feedback to move forward.

Assuming you have a solid leadership development and coaching strategy in place, there are some things that the leader participating in the coaching must also bring to the table.

In my experience over the years—both as someone setting up and running executive coaching in large organizations and as an executive coach to hundreds of executives—the readiness of the leader being coached is an integral part of success.