In today’s competitive markets, business executive are put under an increasing amount of pressure. With so many key responsibilities and areas to manage, it leaves them with very little time and energy to devote to developing themselves as leaders and creating best management practices.
Something that is becoming increasingly more popular as a way of allowing individuals to take the step towards bettering themselves and their companies is executive coaching. Here we will provide an explanation of executive coaching and what it can do for you as a leader.
What is executive coaching?
Before we delve into what executive coaching is and how you could possibly benefit from it, let’s first identify what executive coaching is not. For starters it is not a form of therapy. Executive coaching is all about recognising your accomplishments and working towards achieving ‘impossible’ future outcomes.
The second thing that executive coaching is not is a one off event. You can’t expect to reap all the benefits from a single session alone. Executive coaching is an on-going process that requires regular intervals of evaluation.
Through one-on-one sessions with an executive coach, individuals have the opportunity to put their ideas out there and express any issues they are facing, all the while having the knowledge that what they are saying is kept 100% confidential.
Executive coaching sessions are client-lead, meaning their entire purpose is to focus on what the client wants to achieve. They go beyond correcting and resolving problems and behaviours and are more about self-discovery, self-development and self-growth, which lead to a positive impact on not only on the individual, but the organisation they manage as a whole.
The role of executive coach
Executive coaches have a number of key roles and responsibilities. It is their job to raise the aspirations of their client and provide them with the motivation to succeed in the outcomes they wish to achieve. It is also their responsibility to act as a trusted confidant, providing individuals with the opportunity to share their leadership and business concerns. Finally, it could be said that executive coaches are a thinking partner or sounding board, providing individuals with the basis to explore ideas with a third party, away from their organisation, and in return receive honest and useful feedback.
So what can Executive Coaching do for you?
Learn about yourself as a leader
The purpose of this post is to explain what executive coaching can do for you and one of the first things it can do is allow you to learn about yourself as a leader. It provides deep learning opportunities that allow you to find out more about yourself, understand how you are perceived by others and evaluate areas of your leadership which could require improvement.
Finding inspiration to overcome a challenge
Executive coaching can also provide leaders with the inspiration they need to overcome a particular challenge or challenges they are facing at their place of work. The fact their sessions are 100% confidential means they can speak freely about any leadership or behaviour issues they are facing and receive useful feedback on how to overcome them. Individuals also have the opportunity to share their ideas with a sounding-board. Perhaps they are looking to do something different with their company, but are unsure what or can’t think of a way to move their company forward. These sessions provide them with the opportunity to go over their ideas, come up with practical solutions and gain an outside perspective, without causing any concern to their co-workers and subordinates.
Meeting goals and gaining a sense of direction
Executive coaching is designed to help executives get from where they are now to where they want to be in the future, whether this is by providing support for improving specific skills e.g. communication, delegation, conflict management or simply giving them the motivation to make bold moves.
The World’s leading executives participate in Executive Coaching
With so many benefits, it’s not surprising that so many of the world’s leading executives participate in executive coaching. No longer is it associated with those lacking in leadership skills or failing to carry out their responsibilities. Leadership development is for winners – those seeking to be an even better leader tomorrow than they are today.
If you’d like to find out more about how executive coaching can help you or your organisation give Martin Smith Learning and Development a call on 01273 358863 or email us at [email protected]
Martin Smith Learning and Development Ltd is a specialist consultancy working with leaders at all levels to help them build their Management and Leadership skills and to improve their relationships with the people that they interact with. My training and coaching will provide improved business results, increased profits, greater performance and staff retention. I help you to GROW your business by developing your people. People choose to work with me because;
- I offer practical solutions that work for your business and environment
- I have a proven track record of producing tangible results
- I have real world expertise
- I offer complete satisfaction – no compromises
To find out more about how I can help you transform your business through your people please contact me on; Phone; +44 (0)1273 35 88 63, Mob; +44 (0)7702110676, Email; [email protected]
Martin is a full member of the Association for Coaching an independent non-profit organisation with the goal to promote best practice, raise awareness and standards across the Coaching industry.
Martin is accredited to use the following tools; Extended DISC , Strengthscope™ and PRISM Brain Mapping tools.