In my work as an executive coach with business leaders, I come across many common issues and have distilled the top five below:

1.  Influencing – how to influence people whom you have no formal authority over

2.  Confidence – leaders in a new role or those looking to move to the next level

3.  Work/life balance – how to get greater balance between work and home life

4.  Understanding the politics – knowing how to "play the game" in the organisation

5.  What's next? – long term career or life planning

It strikes me that these issues are also of relevance for many people starting out their career too, and not just those at the top of their profession/organisation/company. Do you agree?