CEOs have a tendency to be hard driving “can-do” type of personalities. If they aren’t that type of personality they often try to put that persona forward. So do CEOs want or need coaching? A Stanford University survey would suggest that while most CEOs don’t have a coach they believe they should have coaching in various areas of their responsibilities. http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/cldr/research/surveys/coaching.html
Gretchen Gavett is an associate editor at the Harvard Business Review, she wrote a great article focused on this survey and came to some great conclusion. Many of the best CEOs had some sort of coaching during their career. To see this article go to http://blogs.hbr.org/hbr/hbreditors/2013/08/research_ceos_and_the_coaching.html You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenmarg.