Leaders have developed a stronger awareness of their own attitudes and other’s perceptions that might be holding them back or making the path forward more difficult. Coaching brings clarity to decision making by giving us the opportunity to think aloud and with a partner who can probe to help you think deeper and who brings their own experiences and resources to the process. Our environments are moving extremely quickly and without creating planned time slots for thinking, the day can pass you by while you spend all of your time and energy working and responding to urgent requests. Coaching allows you to slow down and work on the business and the business strategy while assessing and learning skills necessary to reach you and your team’s peak performance. Erik Schmidt is quoted as saying that getting a coach was the best advice he ever received. Bill Gates, in the Ted Talk clip below, simply says everyone should have one.