Lonely at the Top?
What goes on between a senior executive and his or her coach? BT Group's CEO, Gavin Patterson, joins Evan Davis and guests to discuss why top bosses employ coaches or mentors.
Many senior executives now employ personal coaches to help them through their toughest business challenges. Coaches can provide confidential, independent support for senior managers who find life lonely at the top. But shouldn't the boss be capable of making decisions on his or her own? And are coaches sometimes the hidden power behind the senior executive throne?
Gavin Patterson, CEO of BT Group
Melanie Richards, Vice Chairman and Partner of KPMG UK
Jonathan Bowman-Perks, Coach and Mentor
Producer: Ruth Edwards.