Coaching helps you stop and look within yourself - you'll find the real you

Andrea Goodridge Coaching a leader
Executive Coaching with Andrea Goodridge

Over 20 years ago, my eldest son was born, and I remember my Grandma saying to me

“You can’t be a great mum, wife, daughter, sister, friend, neighbour, boss etc; if you’re not a great you.”

This was her way of coaching me to look after myself. But it was done in a way that provoked lots of reflection about me as Andrea, not me as a mum, or me as a wife etc.

I share this story with lots of my coaching clients and over the years have changed the quote to

“You can’t be a great leader, if you’re not a great you.”

When I start coaching leaders, they feel overwhelmed by the never-ending challenges, pressures and complexities of working in organisations. As a busy leader it’s easy to get caught up in going through the motions, and not focusing on yourself and your leadership practice.

This doesn’t mean you don’t have what it takes to be a great leader. It means you’re not putting yourself first. That’s why it’s so important to stop, and look within yourself – you’ll find the real you.

If you’ve lost your focus, feel drained, started to doubt yourself and overthink situations, and it’s impacting on you personally and professionally, I can help. 

Whatever your challenge, you need one-to-one, personalised support. Support from someone outside your organisation who’ll give you the space you need to speak your mind, listen without judgement, encourage you to open up and listen to your inner self, look at things from different perspectives, and come up with your own answers.

Read my blog series: Executive Coaching Explained, where I share my insights into what happens in coaching, what to focus on, the benefits and the common concerns.

Coaching packages which spread over 3-6 months are available, or if you’re wanting specific insight into your strengths, emotional intelligence, mental toughness, personality or how you manage conflict; then you might benefit from a one-off coaching session.

previous coaching client once told me, “The answers are already in your head, you just need the time and space for them to emerge”.

If you look within yourself and believe in yourself, you’ll start living your life as the real you. Discovering the strength and conviction to cope with the many challenges, you’ll build your confidence to engage in meaningful conversations. You’ll also boost your energy and motivation to flourish in every aspect of your life and work.

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Working with Andrea is like talking to a really good friend, whom you trust implicitly and who doesn’t just tell you what to do but makes it seem as though you are the one doing all the solution finding. Andrea would say that it is indeed the coachee who finds the solutions, but this is done through a significant amount of listening, thoughtful questioning and reflection on both parts.

I would highly recommend coaching as I found it so useful. I've even booked additional sessions and will continue to book regular check-ins with Andrea just to help me to keep focused.

Rachel Cross
Head teacher, St Mary’s CE Primary School, Slough