Actually, this entry is mainly just a link to an article on the Guardian website where I get a mention as a leadership coach. Read all about it here.
Matt’s right, in that leaders in all sectors are isolated: it comes with the territory. And one way of dealing with that is to have someone with some skills ‘offline’ to reflect with. One reason coaching works is because of the professional boundary: when I’m meeting with a client, my only agenda is his or her development: it’s not what s/he thinks of me, or if s/he’s happy.