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How to Be a Trusted Advisor - Trusted Advisor vs. Expert Consultant

Trusted Advisor

A number of businesses today hire consultants and executive coaches to help with their leadership development programs. I’ve found that a number of my clients now prefer me to help them in the role of trusted advisor rather than expert consultant.

The partnership based on mutual respect and collaboration produces better results. However, the role of trusted advisor is sometimes misunderstood. Emory University distinguished Professor Dr. Jagdish Sheth offers these distinctions:

•  Expert Consultants provide knowledge; Trusted Advisors provide depth and breadth of knowledge
•  Expert Consultants tell; Trusted Advisors listen
•  Expert Consultants provide good answers; Trusted Advisors ask great questions
•  Expert Consultants control; Trusted Advisors collaborate
•  Expert Consultants provide expertise; Trusted Advisors provide insight
•  Expert Consultants analyze; Trusted Advisors synthesize

Over a twenty five year coaching and consulting career, I have found the trusted advisor role based on mutual respect and trust to be very special. The leaders I work with truly are often lonely at the top. Their ability to be open and transparent with me sharing their hopes and fears often leads to more comfort creating an organizational culture based on similar values.

I love that we can often discuss trends in other industries, politics, religion, art, music and other topics that inform the leaders’ personal and professional growth. Leaders appreciate working with a thought partner to develop good judgment, and gain clarity in their decision-making. Establishing trust is critical to this somewhat sacred relationship.

Are you working in a professional services firm or other organization where executive coaches provide leadership development for senior leaders? Does your organization provide executive coaching to help leaders develop a more sustainable business? Trusted Advisors help enlightened leaders tap into their emotional intelligence and social intelligence skills to fully engage employees.

One of the most powerful questions you can ask yourself is “Would I benefit from working with a trusted advisor?” Emotionally intelligent and socially intelligent organizations provide executive coaching for collaborative leaders who are curious about creating sustainable businesses.

Working with a seasoned executive coach and leadership consultant trained in emotional intelligence and incorporating assessments such as the Bar-On EQ-I, CPI 260 and Denison Culture Survey can help you create a happy and prosperous business where everyone is fully engaged. You can become a leader who models emotional intelligence and social intelligence, and who inspires people to become fully engaged with the vision, mission and strategy of your company or law firm.

About Dr. Maynard Brusman

Dr. Maynard Brusman is a consulting psychologist, executive coach and trusted advisor to senior leadership teams. He is the president of Working Resources, a leadership consulting and executive coaching firm. We specialize in helping San Francisco Bay Area companies and law firms assess, select, coach, and retain emotionally intelligent leaders.  Maynard is a highly sought-after speaker and workshop leader. He facilitates leadership retreats in Northern California and Costa Rica. The Society for Advancement of Consulting (SAC) awarded Dr. Maynard Brusman "Board Approved" designations in the specialties of Executive Coaching and Leadership Development.

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