Can Coaching Help College Presidents to Cope?
Time to reflect is critical for presidents in an era of tremendous flux in higher education, with each institution plotting its future course without confidence in what academia will look like in 10 or 20 years. For the college president, dealing with ambiguity, absorbing new skills and technologies, and adapting to change can’t be done within the space of policy meetings, planning sessions, donor lunches, or sporting events. For this reason, some presidents are turning to coaching as a space to breathe, think, and reflect. Coaches can also help a president to learn the ropes of a new position, obtain skills, think through issues, shape strategy, or just to have an objective, sympathetic ear.
In this article for eCampusNews, WittKieffer’s Richard Metheny explores the challenges and benefits of coaching for college presidents.