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How is Leadership Training Different Than Hiring a Life Coach? 

We compare leadership training with one-on-one coaching to help you decide the best option for you.

Kara Large

If you’re feeling stuck in your career, you might be looking for someone or something to help you make some changes. Maybe you’ve been working for the same company for years without a pay raise or promotion. You have the education and experience, but, for some reason, nothing you do seems to be enough to get you noticed.

Or maybe you’re a bit more advanced in your career. You’ve received several promotions and maybe even manage a small team but feel you’ve stalled out. You just can’t see any room for growth at your current company but have no idea how to make a change. 

Whether you’re unhappy staying in the same career or tired of being looked over, you have options to help you move forward in a more confident direction. 

At MacklinConnection, we have spent over 30 years developing a leadership training method that has helped our participants see results in their careers - including getting promotions and doubling their salaries during the course of taking a workshop. However, we also know our program is not right for everyone.

To help you learn what might be the best development tool for you, we’re going to compare leadership training courses and life coaching sessions.

What’s the Cost of Life Coaching and Leadership Training?

One of the first considerations behind making any decision is how much money it will cost you. Life coaching is between $50 to $2000 an hour - with most people paying around $200 an hour. If you meet with a life coach once a week, you’ll end up paying (at the lower end) between $800 - $1,000 a month. 

Leadership training costs vary depending on the course you choose. For example, our leadership training program is $625 a month for four months of weekly classes. However, some of the popular leadership seminars can end up costing you over $10,000 for just one weekend of training. 

Life coaching may seem like the more cost-efficient option, but it depends on how long you intend to invest. While leadership training will likely cost you more up-front, it can actually be less expensive than life coaching over the same amount of time. For example, when comparing the cost of our leadership training ($625 a month) with the average price of a life coach ($800 a month), our workshop ends up being less expensive.

What is the Time Commitment for Life Coaching and Leadership Training?

Life coaching can be once a week or whenever you feel you need it. There isn’t necessarily a set schedule or required duration. This can be great if you aren’t sure how much time you can commit or are unsure if you’ll still want to continue with a coach long-term.

The amount of time that leadership classes require depends on the program you choose. Many leadership workshops only meet during the course of a weekend. Some leadership courses involve more regular sessions over the course of several months. 

A study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, reports that it takes 18 to 254 days for a person to form a new habit and an average of 66 days for a new behavior to become automatic. By attending a leadership training course that meets over an extended period, you have time to form new habits and behaviors based on what you’re learning. This is why we feel longer programs have a more lasting impact. By having more time to learn and practice what you are learning, you are re-wiring yourself to make those new changes part of your life. 

Because life coaching has less of a structure, you don’t necessarily have the same accountability to make lasting changes as you would with a scheduled, long-term program. It is our experience that committing to learning over a period of months, instead of whenever you feel like it, will result in actual growth and progress, as this is the way we are wired to evolve.

However, if you really don’t think you can commit to a longer program, it might be best to start with a life coach you can meet with when your schedule allows. 

What is the Learning Environment for Life Coaching and Leadership Training?

Life coaching is usually conducted between you and a coach. It’s a one-on-one session, which allows you to have individualized attention. It might feel more comfortable to open up and really get to the root of your career problems when it’s just you and your coach.

Leadership workshops generally have multiple students. This provides opportunities to learn from others who are in a similar position to you. You can exchange ideas about what strategies are working and what might be best to avoid. You will also leave class with a new network of people to continue to connect and collaborate with. In our classes, we even have a forum for people who have taken our classes to continue to meet regularly to learn from and support each other.

Depending on your own priorities and level of comfort, you might prefer to just work with a coach instead of a group of people. However, having a class of other people who are committed to growth can be a rewarding opportunity. Connecting with people who are also learning the same things you are can make the process more fun and give you access to new and different perspectives. You might even leave the class with supportive allies who can hold you accountable and help you continue to evolve even after the course is over.

Will a Life Coach or Leadership Workshop Let You Try New Things? 

Both life coaching and leadership training should challenge you to try new things to see what works for you and what doesn’t. However, depending on the coach you work with or the leadership program you sign up for, you might not be pushed to experiment out in the real world. 

Research has shown that learning from experience is the best way to reinforce a new skill. When searching for a coaching or leadership program, we suggest asking if that coach or workshop will offer you opportunities to try things out at work between sessions. Even though experimenting can be scary, it offers you the chance to really figure out what works for you.

Should You Choose a Life Coach or Leadership Training?

If you're feeling stuck and want to make changes in your life, you might be looking into taking some kind of class or hiring a life coach. You are the only one who truly knows what you need or what will actually work for your life. We can only provide information to help you make the best decision for you. Maybe you’d rather work one-on-one instead of with a class of other people. Maybe you only have time to occasionally meet with a life coach instead of committing to a more frequent workshop.

No matter if you choose to pursue a life coach or leadership training, we hope you find a solution that can make you feel more confident in yourself and in your career choices. It is never too late (or too early!) to start making changes in your career. 

Here is some related content that can help you decide if leadership training is right for you:

The Cost of Leadership Training

What is the Macklin Method Workshop? 

At Macklin Connection, we offer weekly classes to help you learn how to close the gap between your current experience and where you actually want to be in your career (and in life!). If you think our program might be the right fit for you, we’re here to help answer any questions you might have. Schedule a discovery call with us to learn more about how we can help. In the meantime, here are some Frequently Asked Questions to help you get to know us better.