Andy Griffiths is a highly experienced lawyer and Partner at Weightmans. He is an Accredited Executive Coach with the Association for Coaching and a highly valued member of the #RideTheWave Community.
We asked him what he believes the benefits are for legal professionals gaining coaching skills. He suggested there were 4 important key areas which were impacted though effective coaching...
Client relationships - the active listening skills developed as part of training as a coach are a critical transferrable skill. Active listening is a key skill for lawyers to understand a client’s real needs and to identify opportunities for adding value. It also helps to improve existing client relationships and can be vital in securing new work.
Leadership - whether as an approach to performance and development conversations generally, or specific coaching for individuals and teams. Coaching skills help improve and enhance performance, remove barriers and maximise potential.
Personal Development & Wellbeing - training as a coach helps you understand your own and others' challenges. It gives you a deeper understanding of wellbeing and how to put action plans in place to improve resilience and growth.
Collaboration - coaching develops your ability and skillset to view things from a variety of perspectives. This is a key skill when working as part of a multidisciplinary project team, internally or externally, whether it's innovation and new ways of working, or more day to day people and process issues to resolve.
Many successful legal professionals, like Andy, are turning to professional coach training to help them maximise their own and others' performance and potential.
To find out more about training as a professional coach, get in touch or check out the programme details.