IoD survey reveals coaching bias

A survey from the Institute of Directors, Asserting Board Effectiveness, reveals that nearly as many directors use independent coaches for developing their personal skills, as those who rely on mentoring from their colleagues.

Richard Joyce, IoD’s head of director development said: “This is a major shift in attitude towards personal development. More and more they seem to be opting for an independent and objective view. In particular, today’s board directors are concentrating on developing their leadership skills.”

An IoD survey last year found that leadership was considered to be just as important as strategic awareness. This is a marked difference from previous years where qualities such as ambition, drive and enthusiasm were considered to be the most relevant personal skills.

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