How to Be a Better Senior Team Coach


Human resource leaders are often under-utilized.

Many organizations don’t include the top HR leader on their executive team. Other senior leadership teams may include HR representation, but if they do, the HR leader isn’t typically tapped to advise the team on their group dynamics and leadership performance.

That’s why most senior leadership teams would benefit from coaching, and a skilled internal HR leader could step into that role.

In our Handbook of Coaching in Organizations, Douglas Riddle describes the opportunities HR leaders have to provide coaching to senior leadership teams given the many barriers.

3 Ways to Become a Coach to Senior Teams

1. Via partner coattails. Some senior HR leaders developed a strong relationship with a business leader when they were in previous roles and maintain that tie.

If you were indispensable, collaborative, and trustworthy as a lower-level manager or HR business partner, you are in a good position to work with that business leader and…

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