What is Executive Coaching?

To put it in dry terms, executive coaching is the process whereby an individual (the coachee) works one-to-one with an objective external party (the coach) to improve performance or solve challenges by increasing self-awareness, clarity and action-taking.

To be a bit less ‘encyclopedia’ about it, executive coaching allows the professional to establish a safe and confidential space where they are free to discuss and express and explore things that would not be possible in day-to-day work. Executive coaching is not simply remedial, it is often an extremely effective way of developing skills, clarity and insight to increase performance and confidence in even the most high-performing individuals.

Benefits of Executive Coaching

Multiple independent studies have shown time and again that executive coaching provides a significant return on investment for organisations, and tangible benefits to the individuals being coached. These studies tend to agree that the most commonly reported benefit to individuals is not one they were expecting: self-awareness.

Other reported benefits include:

  • Problem-solving
  • Decision making and planning
  • Efficiency
  • Ability to communicate with and motivate teams
  • Resilience
  • Personal satisfaction and role enjoyment

Getting Started With Executive Coaching

The relationship between executive and coach is key to successful executive coaching outcomes. Whilst a coach is not the same thing as a teacher or mentor (more on that in an upcoming article) there needs to exist a mutual trust and respect – find a coach who you can establish good rapport with, but who is able to challenge as much as they support and encourage.

A good coach will expect to have to meet or talk with you to establish whether you will work well together before signing anything. Take advantage of that to check how they work, what they expect of you and what you can expect from them.

For many, getting started seems daunting, and you may find yourself asking “What if it doesn’t go well?” – but how about “What if this is exactly what I need?”

The first step is yours.

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