YOUR FUTURE STARTS HERE
"If your actions inspire others to
dream more, learn more,
do more and become more,
you are a leader.”
John Quincy Adams
Executive coaching provides a confidential and supportive environment for senior leaders or those with high potential to become senior leaders. An Executive Coach will ask questions, challenge assumptions, help achieve clarity, provide resources, and yes, sometimes with permission, provide advice. They often administer and help interpret 360-degree and behavioral assessments, conduct confidential interviews to help you gain self-awareness, and work with you to establish development goals.
What is Executive Coaching?
Executive coaching is a one-on-one process that is designed to maximize your potential as a senior leader and visionary. This often involves in depth work around executive presence, effectiveness and leadership abilities. It’s not entirely different from what is often referred to as ‘life coaching' with the key exception being the primary goals are career driven. It differs from 'career coaching' in that the focus is on elite level performance for those at an Executive or C-Suite level.
Executive coaching has a strong focus on leadership skills, strategic planning and visionary thinking. It is about tapping into human potential and puts great emphasis on the present and the future. It focuses on making changes in real time and takes advantage of experience-related learning (as it occurs in practical situations), rather than traditional learning, which often occurs in the context of hypothetical situations. Executive coaching includes the added elements of accountability, responsibility, and follow-up, which differentiates it from many other learning and development methods.
Why Executive Coaching?
While executive coaching can be used to correct identified gaps in performance or behavior, it is more often used to invest in future potential and provide support through leadership transitions. Executive coaching can not only strengthen already existing leadership skills and further develop soft skills, it can also improve communication and inter-organizational relationships at a senior level. Many executives have never had any formal training around being a senior leader. Executive coaching can greatly help by enhancing “soft” or people skills, building strong relationships, lowering stress, and developing the emotional intelligence to be successful and effective in senior roles.
Benefits of Executive Coaching
The effects of executive coaching are widely recognized in two areas, namely increased performance as a result of improved goal focus and effective learning, and improved relations as a result of better communication and self-awareness. The coaching process can help set defined goals and discover simpler ways of accomplishing them, which often times lead to lower stress and increased efficiency. Adding accountability, another important piece of the process, will often accelerate achievement of goals.
There are a number of possible benefits and areas of impact that can be achieved as a result of professional coaching, both for the individual and the organization:
Increased productivity and performance, professionally and personally
Increased awareness and stronger interpersonal skills / reduced conflicts
Career development and transition support
Focused goal setting and execution
Enhanced confidence and empowerment
Improved communication, listening and decision-making skills
Greater capability to handle challenges and change
Improved problem-solving skills
Increased motivation and engagement
Ability to reframe challenges into opportunities
Improved time management and greater work-life balance
Ideal executive coaching candidates share a common trait in that they want some sort of change in their lives. You must be willing, wanting and ready to put both work and energy into making changes happen. For executive coaching to work at its best, it is essential that you are motivated to invest your time and energy into integrating the outcomes of the coaching sessions into your professional and possibly your personal life, to maximize the benefits of coaching.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
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