There is no doubt that executive coaching has become mainstream in major domestic companies. Gone are the days when coaching was seen as primarily a “remedial” activity for performance problems. Major companies around the world are starting to see the value of executive coaching. They now include coaching as a plus for their highest-value employees or senior leaders.
Effective leadership is always challenging. Being prepared for that step up responsibility can be tough especially when one is elevated to having responsibilities over their longtime peers. Companies are hoping to ease these transition problems by hiring executive coaches to work with newly promoted managers.
Those in leadership roles often need a thinking partner for support and guidance when dealing with complex people issues. New skills required of new managers such as evaluating performance, conducting tough conversations, dealing with conflict and motivating teams etc. aren't always skills that come naturally. Leadership is something people have to work at, as very few people are natural leaders.
Definition of Executive Coaching
What then is executive coaching? According to the international coach federation (ICF), coaching is about parterning with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires to maximize their personal and professional potential.
Executive coaching is about improving performance, developing skills, confidence and focus. It supports the individual to think creatively and develop their thinking. Executive coaching helps individuals to develop realistic and effective strategies for them and their organization. It’s intended to unleash a leader’s potential as well as create a supportive working partnership that benefits the individual and organization in which they work.
Coaches and Executives
Coaches are sometimes engaged by companies to work with senior leaders or high-potential colleagues, and many professionals choose to hire executive coaches privately to support their own development.
The coach helps the executive reach peak performance. The coach typically focuses on bringing leadership skills to the next level and increasing business results. The coaching program designed to facilitate thinking or learning of new behavior for personal growth or professional advancement.
The format of the coach is based on an agreed period of time or number of sessions that is determined by the client’s agenda and needs.
Executive coaches usually meet with clients anywhere from once a week to once a month, depending on the goals and business situations. Clients can expect to see progress in six to 18 months, and specific goals can cover a very broad range of areas.
A professional coach uses a range of communication skills such as targeted restatements, listening, questioning, clarifying etc.to help the client or executive shift his or her perspectives and thereby discover different solutions to achieve their goals.
You have the answer
The sudden new and amazing solution to a problem arises when the coach shines a light on the truth. Most people already have the answers to their problems. The only thing being that the problems are masking what they really need to solve. The coach therefore defines the challenges or the goal first. Once they find the true goal of the client, the solution becomes obvious.
In helping the client to achieve his or her goals, the coach reviews the challenges and provides a feedback. He helps to bring clarity to the issue and jointly develop a plan of action for improvement. By challenging thinking and assumptions of the individual, the coach facilitates discovery of answers and new ways of being based on their values, preference and unique perspective.
How I can help you
With effective coaching skills, I can help you evolve your technical and business skills and make sure that you achieve the goals of your organization. All you need to do is to contact me so we can work out an appointment where I can help you grow personally, professionally and ensure your continued success in your business. Also, feel free to contact me if you’d like to discuss more about how executive coaching might be of value to you or a leader within your organization.