Why True Stallions Eventually Seek Coaching


A stallion is notoriously independent, smart, jealous and a strong fighter. Most really successful stallions have a large ego which they used to climb the corporate ladder and which they then tamed to achieve what only a master of co-operation could. A fine example of this top level of skill in influencing people is past CEO of Ford, Alan Mulally (voted top CEO in the world before retiring in 2014).  A rare individual. The top achiever, rising star type can only go so far alone. Then, at the extent of their ability to understand themselves and those around them, something feels missing. Past CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, explains that as a species we are not very good at seeing ourselves. We can notice many things about others, what is working, what is not, but not ourselves. Schmidt recommends hiring a Coach. Mulally also engaged a Coach.

David Whyte offers a poem

One day
The hero (heroine)
Unable to take another step

At this moment, if the ego can be kept out of the way, the stallion can hire a Coach, someone to help him/her see what Schmidt reminds us that we cannot see alone.

Stallions are used to pushing through, toughing it out, demanding and getting more. The very idea of getting help is anathema. Many self destroy trying rather than embrace the concept of personal help. Yet, it is the high performer, not at full potential, that stands at the edge of their most recent and possibly greatest victory facing the next and possibly their biggest challenge, feeling tired and incomplete.

The Stallion is nothing if not a leader. It is the inherent desire to lead that overcomes the ego when that ‘one day’ comes. Getting help becomes an option because not leading is not an option. We, all of us, are stronger, more able, more confident and more at ease when we can see all of ourselves. Faster, easier, right decisions set the stage for stronger right action, the magic combination of our greatest successes. The Executive Coach is trained and practiced in surfacing that inner Stallion, opening full potential.