Self as Coach, Self as Leader: Developing theBest in You to Develop the Best in Others
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Become a more effective leader by discovering the resources you already have

Pamela McLean, CEO and cofounder of the Hudson Institute for Coaching, has been at the forefront of the field for the past three decades, using clinical and organizational psychology to provide the highest-quality coaching and development training to professionals in organizations and solo practice worldwide. Now, Pamela is teaching readers to cultivate their leadership potential through “use of self as instrument,” a key dimension of developmental coaching that emphasizes the whole person. Her holistic methods give coaches and other leaders a clearer framework for getting to know themselves, exploring their multiple layers, and fostering their latent abilities so that they can foster the abilities of others.

Self as Coach guides you along a path that interweaves six broad dimensions of your internal landscape into the fabric of great coaching. This creates lasting improvements, unlike more common remedial, tactical, or performance-based programs, which often only function as short-term solutions.

  • Develop leadership skills using internal resources you already possess
  • Achieve real improvements with long-lasting benefits
  • Based on methodology proven successful in business and personal settings
  • Includes useful practices and exercises for self-reflection and brainstorming

Whether you’re an emerging or experienced coach, whether you want to grow your own leadership skills or develop them across an entire organization, Self as Coach can help. With its innovative approach, proven methods, and near-universal applicability, this book will not only provide effective instruction but also help you uncover lasting insights that will benefit you long after you’ve turned the last page.


Pamela McLean (Santa Barbara, CA; has been at the forefront of the field of the emerging field of coaching for the past 30 years. As CEO and cofounder of the Hudson Institute of Coaching, Pam oversees and ensures Hudson provides the highest-quality coach training to seasoned professionals and leaders, as well as consulting to organizations worldwide. Working in the arenas of clinical and organizational psychology, and leadership coaching and development, Pam has worked with hundreds of organizational leaders and seasoned professionals inside organizations and in solo practice to deepen and strengthen their coaching skills. She has also consulted numerous organizations in developing coaching cultures and establishing best practices inside organizations. Pam is the author and co-author of several books, articles and whitepapers focused on coaching, human development and transformational learning. She most recently authored The Completely Revised Handbook of Coaching and is the co-author of the well-known book on transition and change, LifeLaunch, A Passionate Guide to the Rest of Your Life.





Introduction: Leaping into the Dark Woods

Chapter One: The Coach’s Internal Landscape Is Essential Development Territory

Chapter Two: Foundational Works Informing Our Internal Landscape

Chapter Three: Building Heat Through Cultivation Of Self As Coach

Chapter Four: Presence

Chapter Five: Empathy
Applying Heat: Case Vignette 1 – Driven and Distracted

Chapter Six: Range of Feelings

Chapter Seven: Boundaries and Systems
Applying Heat: Case Vignette II – Overworked and Out of Control

Chapter Eight: Embodiment

Chapter Nine: Courage
Applying Heat: Case Vignette III – Resistant but Reliable

Chapter Ten: Supervision as a Medium for Cultivating Self as Coach

Chapter Eleven: Self as Leader