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Regardless of your professional background and confidence in your abilities, moving into a new boardroom as a Non-Executive Director or taking the leap to become your own boss as a Consultant can be an overwhelming experience. Even C-suite executives making the transition from a top-flight board member to a critical external friend can benefit from observing your new role through the eyes of an executive coach.

Consider the reasons why you want to transition to a portfolio career; to enhance your reputation, to build your credibility and to pass on your specialist skills and knowledge to others.

How well rehearsed are you to pull this off successfully? Your role as a Non-Executive Director or Consultant will not be like any other professional experiences you have earned in your career.

Whilst working on a Board as a C-suite executive or a Director will have enabled you to observe the role of a Non-Executive Director, the perspective from the other side of the boardroom is not the same as sitting in a Non-Executive Director’s chair. Likewise, as a Consultant, you must be able to listen to your clients rather than taking charge and leading with your own opinion. You have to remove yourself from your former role and adopt a new mindset in order to succeed.

Executive coaches will help prepare you for this different perspective before you tee-off. More importantly, they will coach you how to ask the right questions so you don’t appear unprepared or lacking the required understanding of the business. 

It is part of a coaches obligation to prepare mentoring strategies that are designed to help you understand how others see you, what is expected of you, and how you can be a valuable contributor to a business.

Mentors act as a sounding board

Executives coaches are good listeners. The best mentors will tailor their insights and comments to the needs of the mentee so that you receive advanced preparation. Knowing the issues your comments will raise beforehand will enable you to allay concerns swiftly and confidently.

One of the chief benefits of working with a mentor is the opportunity to develop new ideas, solutions and plans. The capacity to see the long perspective and enhance your vision gives you the confidence and motivation to inspire others.

You have probably heard horror stories, anecdotes and exaggerations about embarking on a portfolio career. It is understandable that you have mixed emotions about your new role and perhaps even uncertainty and doubts over your duties.

Another key role of a coach is to provide you with support and encouragement. Mentors create an environment where you can express your aspirations, beliefs and concerns without fear of ridicule or judgement.

Furthermore, the experience of being coached is an active intervention that requires individuals to fully engage in the sessions. Activities can be staged which provide you with real-life situations you might expect to encounter. Being prepared in advance helps to alleviate any concerns you may have.

To reinforce this idea, it is important to remember that you are in a transitional stage, and the human brain naturally conjures worrying thoughts that linger in the psyche. A skilled coach will set in motion a string of circumstances that create change and give you the confidence to adapt quickly. Your experienced brain knows you can adapt despite your id telling you otherwise.

The role of decision makers is heightened when you have the ability to improve your performance and inspire others around you. Mentors give you the energy and self-awareness that make your natural talents and knowledge shine through. Is there any reason why you shouldn’t consult an executive coach?

Here at, we have a variety of executive coaching programmes at different price ranges to help to accelerate your portfolio career. Find out more about it here: