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3 Minutes to Boost Your Coachability

SK Camille
3 min readMar 31, 2023


A talent development veteran tells you how to keep growing and advancing in your career — even as a seasoned leader.

The expert: Kevin D. Wilde is a talent development expert, currently teaching and researching at the University of Minnesota. His career in business included participating in GE’s famed corporate leadership training center and 17 years as General Mills’ senior talent development executive.

The main point: As leaders become more experienced and advanced in their careers, they often stall out. Coachability can keep you growing and advancing.

Coachability is the ability to seek out and hear feedback, take it on board, and improve as a result. Wilde says leaders who possess coachability benefit in the following ways:

  • Higher coachability leads to increases in performance and promotability.
  • Coachable leaders are viewed as more skilled and garner higher ratings in the areas of innovation, inspiration, strategy, and collaboration versus their less coachable counterparts.
  • Coachable leaders’ teams show more motivation, adaptability, promotability, and higher performance, productivity, sales, and customer satisfaction.

Conversely, Wilde says leaders who fail to develop coachability tend to have blind spots regarding their own



SK Camille

I cover general-interest professional topics in clear, actionable briefs. I also write about change, growth, and faith with warmth and optimism.