This book is a collection of 25 inspiring stories about the unique and personal developmental journey of 25 senior leaders towards the corner office. Seen through the eyes of their Executive Coaches, each of these stories tell us how they found answer to critical questions like am I ready for it, how do I prepare to get there, how do I learn to succeed once I get there and how can I enjoy the journey while I am at it. The term “corner office” is really a metaphor for anything significant that these leaders wanted to achieve in their professional careers and personal lives.
What makes these stories most educative is the manner in which these 25 leaders went about finding answers to these critical questions. They recognised that the answers to these questions were unique to them and their context. They also recognised that the journey to find these answers was very personal and intimate.
hey however realised that it need not be lonely. Each of them chose to engage in a trust based helping relationship with an Executive Coach who respected them, listened to them, understood them, asked the right questions to help them gain clarity, challenged them to see their reality differently and supported them in finding those answers and finally put them to use.
They leveraged the helping relationship that was extended to them to solve their problems and realise their unused potential. In the process they left behind their candid and fascinating stories which have helped us unearth twenty four leadership insights collectively cover the three broad developmental contexts – developing competencies, making transitions and addressing executive and entrepreneurial agendas.
This unique collection of coaching stories is meant to inspire, help and educate many, many other leaders who are on a similar quest.