It has forever been a significant advantage in any sport to have a good coach. The same goes for other fields. Musicians have instructors. Artists have mentors. Writers have editors. Graduate students have master professors. People who wish to grow in any endeavor seek the wisdom, perspective, and guidance of an accomplished coach.
However, no one can teach you anything. Ultimately, only you can take information from a teacher or coach and transform it into your personal power. Savvy executives take personal responsibility for their own learning and devise strategies and systems that put information into action.
The scope of executive coaching
Executive Coaching is a professional relationship between a qualified coach and a client (who may be an individual or a group) with the goal to enhance the client’s leadership or management performance and development. Through a process of inquiry, dialogue, and other tools, the coach serves as a thought partner to help the client examine and develop his or her decision-making, experiment with new ways of thinking and being, and commit to action steps that contribute to achieving the client’s goals.
Being an effective leader is not always easy, and like any skill, it takes time and effort and needs nurturing; it helps to have an executive coach who can support you on your journey of mastering leadership.
Leadership can often involve facing difficulties and obstacles that will test your skills and patience, so it makes sense to prepare for lots of different circumstances that require your leadership skills.
The problem is that most people in leadership roles are busy with the day-to-day running of the company or doing/overseeing the work that needs to be done. This is exactly the situation where an executive coach can help you. He/she will help you to make room for improvement in becoming a better leader. In essence, the key to leadership effectiveness is coaching and mentoring.
Here are nine Key Reasons for working with an Executive Coach:
1. To improve the existing culture of the organization
Sometimes when you are too close to a situation, you need a fresh set of eyes to look at and do an analysis of what the culture is really like. It never hurts to have an outsider assess and provide some tactical solutions to how you can improve culture. Changing culture is a challenge, but it starts by identifying the common behaviors, traits or policies that may be enabling a culture you do not want within your business.
2. To increase the leader’s ability to leverage his or her time and resources
Talking through what you do with a coach would likely help you understand how you are using your time, and the coach could make some suggestions on what to focus on and how to best utilize your time.
3. To improve the interpersonal skills of the leader
Again, a coach can give an honest of assessment of your skills and where you can grow as a leader.
4. To foster discussion of new ideas
Sometimes it is just best to talk through ideas with someone detached from your business; they can provide fresh insights and a unique perspective on your thoughts. Outsiders often have a lot to contribute. By finding an executive coach who can actually listen to you and your needs, you can reassess positions, policies and gain new insights into challenges in your business.
5. To clarify, expand, and articulate the leader’s vision
Ever had a problem when you got a great idea, but are having trouble articulating the thought? It happens all the time. An executive coach, who excels at reflective listening, can rehash your thoughts and help you formulate your opinions.
6. To provide a safe and secure outlet for the leader to vent
Everyone gets frustrated at times in the office, but you need to be extremely careful where and when you choose to vent. By having a safe channel to vent to, you won’t jeopardize your current position, lose organizational support, and develop an unfavorable image at the office.
7. To point out what the leader cannot, will not, or does not see
As previously mentioned, an outsider can contribute new ideas, fresh thoughts and new ways to look at scenarios. This is one of the greatest benefits of executive coaching, the ability to spur new ideas and listen to a leader to identify challenges.
8. To find a better way to reduce stress, increase effectiveness, and still have a great life
Executive coaches have likely worked with dozens of other professionals, maybe some doing very similar work as their current client. Coaches can use previous experiences to make targeted recommendations and provide suggestions on how to best improve a proper work-life balance for their leaders.
9. To help leaders see, feel, sense, measure, and process more data without taxing themselves
Leaders take on a lot of different stresses. By having someone to help process the information they can have more clarity of thought and make informed decisions. By doing so, they can work to help drive success and meet all the goals.
When you are a senior executive, who is called away on business at a moment's notice e-Coaching allows us to maintain the continuity and momentum of a coaching program.
Check our platform and find out how it can help you to develop a sustainable Leadership Coaching Trail
When you are looking for an executive coach, you need someone who can treat your information as confidential. You also need someone who can keep you on toes so which will help you to be accountable to yourself. Honesty is also key when you want a good coach; you need to be honest with them, and they need to reciprocate the same.
About the Author
Helena Demuynck is Partner of Konsensus Leadership Coaching & Development and oxygen4leadership.
Both platforms offer global organizations international expertise in developing Leadership Development Trails for Senior Leadership Teams and Executives.
Helena is a dedicated, visionary Leadership Coach with a proven record of facilitating Senior Leadership Teams and driving groundbreaking advancements in leadership performance and transformation.
A creative problem-solver with a passion for excellence, she leverages her unique background in Leadership Development to produce exceptional results based upon innovation, sustainability, and process improvement. She has a track record of exceeding expectations and successfully developing efficient coaching trails for clients such as Microsoft, Swift, Aleris, J&J, and G4S, working independently and collaboratively with multidisciplinary coaches, trainers & facilitators.
Helena delivers inspiring Systemic & Transformational Team Leadership Coaching for Executive Leadership Teams. Through a combination of interaction, simulation, and mapping with the professional situation, she creates a sandpit for participants, allowing them to experiment, experience, exchange and enhance their leadership capabilities.
For Executives, she also offers Leadership eCoaching trails. Check the platform here and see how this can work for you.