Strategic Alliances: the intersection between coaching and a board career for coaches

Coaching is a powerful tool that can help to improve families, businesses and society. However, as a coach, you can use your skills and expertise on a far wider platform than in a face-to-face or virtual coaching session. By serving on a board, you can bring your abilities as a coach along with your previous work experience to enhance the working of the board.

Introduction to Your Board Search Webinar for Coaches Only

Over the last two decades, there has been a worldwide movement to see more women on boards. Although women are still not nearly as well represented on boards as their male counterparts, boards have since also acknowledged that diversity and inclusion in the boardroom go far beyond that of merely including a few women to occupy some board seats. With a diversity of skills, coaches are particularly well suited to assist boards in reaching their goals.

The soil has been tilled and the groundwork laid to open opportunities for coaches to step into their roles as non-executive directors.

All you now need to do is learn the best for you to gain a board appointment.

11 Reasons You Should Take a Board Role

Below are 11 reasons why everyone should take a board role. These are not only true for coaches but for everyone looking to advance their career.

  1. It will add more gravitas to your CV. Being a board member will allow you to evidence your capabilities as a leader and decision-maker.
  2. Being a Non-Executive Director gives you invaluable experience. Taking a board role early in your career will give you experience that you will probably not be able to gain anywhere else.
  3. You will gain an understanding of the way your own company’s board works. If you are looking to level up in your career, an understanding of the way the board works can be invaluable to you.
  4. You get to work with people whom you otherwise won’t have access to. Even small not-for-profit boards often have board members who are heavyweights in a certain industry.
  5. You could get paid for serving on a board. Many boards pay their members a sitting fee. At the very least you will be reimbursed for agreed expenses.
  6. It can give you continuity on your CV. If you are without work for a period, you will be able to show that you have been making strides in your board work in the absence of an executive role.
  7. Serving on a board could future-proof your career and make it more resilient. Having a board role could give you access to other career opportunities and your CV will look much better when you start looking to make a career move.
  8. Prepare for post-executive life. Gaining board experience during your executive career paves the way for you to keep serving on boards after you retire.
  9. Kick the tyres on a portfolio career as a non-executive director. Taking a board role will give you the opportunity to see if exchanging your executive role for a portfolio career could be the right move for you.
  10. You become a leader in your community. Working within your community at a board level will not only give you a deep understanding of the community in which you live and work, but you will also become known as a leader.
  11. You get to live your passion. Serving on a board that serves a sector you are passionate about is one of the best ways to give back or help bring positive change.

2 Ways in which Taking a Board Role can be a Coach’ Best Career Move

You are a coach. But you might be looking to grow your practice and yourself in more ways than you currently are. In that case, a board role might be a good career move for you.

Not only do the 11 reasons to become a board member above apply to you, but there are also two more reasons why taking on a board role in addition to being a coach could be the right move for your career:

  1. Boards need the core competencies you already apply as a coach.
  2. Serving on a board could open a company up to accepting a coaching culture.


I will be conducting a free webinar aimed specifically at coaches interested in knowing more about serving on a board. Click the button below to register for this free event.