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Sherpa Coaching: Raising Leaders for Organizational Effectiveness

Karl Corbett, Managing Partner, Sherpa CoachingKarl Corbett, Managing Partner
In the ongoing reality that is business transformation, building a coaching culture is paramount for companies to grow and nurture effective leaders and budding talents. This has led businesses that want to cash in on growth opportunities, to be on the lookout for coaching that’s directed toward boosting valuable leadership skills, including self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, cognition, and more. From annual global surveys on leadership and executive coaching, Ohio-based Sherpa Coaching is privy to why organizations seek coaching and leadership development. The primary purpose is to help leaders and executives handle change and manage that change, and that’s what the company directs its programs to. “Sherpa Coaching deals with changes that are necessary in business behavior to create and lead a team effectively,” says Karl Corbett, managing partner of Sherpa Coaching.

Sherpa Coaching’s definition of executive coaching is “a series of meetings between a leader and a trained executive coach designed to produce positive change in business behavior in a limited time frame”. Their programs include one-on-one executive coaching for individual leaders, where Sherpa Coaching follows the most detailed process in print, in the field of executive coaching. Furthermore, there are half-day programs that permanently and positively change the dynamics of a group of 10-15 people that include a leader and their direct reports. For leaders that are being groomed or need to become part of the coaching culture, the company holds leadership summits—a three-day classroom program aimed at transforming their effectiveness as a leader. Their esteemed clientele includeToyota, Stanley Black & Decker, and the U.S. Air Force among others. After the leadership summit, Sherpa Coaching assists 20 or 30 leaders of an organization to learn, at consistent velocity, and master a specific set of tools that help them with communications, setting expectations, listening, managing, and leading.

Sherpa Coaching deals with changes that are necessary in business behavior to create and lead a team effectively


When it comes to measuring the long-term benefits of working with Sherpa Coaching, their clients perform surveys internally. In a recent testament to SherpaCoaching’s progress, the top HR executive at Stanley Black & Decker observed performance reviews from all their leaders that had worked with a Sherpa executive coach and all those who had not. Among the people who had undergone coaching, 15 percent moved from “met some or all goals” to “exceeded goals” with another 15 percent moving from “occasionally met goals” to “met some or all goals”. In this method of measuring the efficacy, they found that people with coaching were far more effective leaders and less distracted with behavioral problems or conflicts while delivering bottom-line results.

Over the years, Sherpa Coaching has been independently selected by ten major universities as the best coach training program in the market, with major periodicals quoting the company’s definition of what coaching is. With a number of published authors that are executive coaches, Sherpa Coaching has been defining the industry for nearly two decades. In addition to delivering the most effective programs, Sherpa Coaching offers to train and certify internal employees of major corporations to deliver those programs themselves through one-on-one coaching or online programs.

With a vision to grow to a global network of coaches, Sherpa Coaching has a support team that handles books, materials, shipment, travel arrangements, invitations, online assessments, and more. They are a team of professionals that work on a remote desktop with a custom developed software. It allows Sherpa Coaching to remain eminently scalable and handle business volumes four-six times greater than their current volume, without changing the structure of the company. “The Sherpa process has proven so valuable to the people we work with that we just need to keep going and spread our philosophy wide and far,” concludes Corbett.