Definition of Executive Coaching

Executive Coaching Defined

Executive Coaching provides the missing link between the input of Boards, Advisory Committees, Executive Committees, employers, peers, family and friends. All have a perspective to share, but the focus is not on your dreams, goals, interests, passions, and unique characteristics, but what they perceive is best from their perspective.

Executive coaches are not quite business consultants, whom you’d hire to address a particular operational or technical problem. And they’re not psychotherapists, whom you’d tap to work through emotional issues. Coaches generally focus on one thing: improving your performance as a leader. They do this in much the same way sports coaches work with athletes: by helping you make the most of your natural abilities and find ways to work around your weaknesses. A good coach will make sure you meet your commitments, behave like a grownup professional, and otherwise stay out of your own way. These are all things nearly all of us can use a little help with.

What is Executive Coaching?

Coaching is a process through which executives are helped to measurably improve their performance and personal effectiveness while reducing stress. The coaching experience offers the rare opportunity to stand back and to take a fresh look at the experiences and assumptions of a lifetime. It facilitates enhanced self-awareness that is required for sustaining positive change.
The Coach’s Perspective

The coach has no internal links with the company and therefore can be freely confided in. They can have the roles of supporter, co-creator, political confidant and scrutinizer.

There are many benefits of coaching and these will depend on the precise form and style of the coaching relationship.

Coaching helps people have clarity and well-ordered priorities. It can give them confidence in their position because they have been helped to think matters through thoroughly. It is not just a silly adage to say that a “problem shared is a problem halved”, which has nothing to do with devolving responsibility, just gaining clarity.The coaching process can be used to identify what skill-sets the executive needs to develop for the next stage in his or her career and what resources or actions are needed in order to achieve this.

The coach also brings experience of similar situations from other businesses. While people like to think that their problems are unique, they rarely are, and bringing another industry perspective can be refreshing and enlightening.

Outcomes from A Results Orientated Approach

With a results focused approach, you will achieve the predefined goals faster and easier than if you were going it alone. You will develop new strategies and skills to overcome both internal and internal obstacles and thereby pursue success more effectively. With more effective achievement of job performance metrics, return on investment is typically realized through achievement of goals for job promotion, bonus criteria and bottom line improvement.

Residual Outcomes from a Coaching Relationship Can Include:

  • Greater Clarity and Prioritization
  • Greater Focus
  • Improved Decision-Making Skills
  • Enhanced Creativity
  • Renewed Commitment and Confidence
  • Improved Balance in all Aspects of Life
  • Greater Effectiveness and Better Performance

Executive coaching is often the best way for an individual and an organization to grasp the nettle of change in today’s ever more demanding atmosphere.

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