What is Executive Coaching
Executive coaching is an intentional relationship between two or more people that facilitates shifts in the thinking, behavior and performance of the executive. Executive coaching enables the executive to be in a position to grow and achieve goals that they and their company consider important. Executive coaching is an interactive process that expands executives’ effectiveness at both business and life-skills and allows them to identify obstacles that can hinder them from moving forward and attaining their goals.
In addition to helping the person, the executive coach is an expert in various areas of business and leadership. While coaches may have backgrounds in various business fields, a good Executive Coach has a solid understanding of human behavior, is a skilled mentor in strategic planning, the development of leadership skills, personal effectiveness, action planning and orientation, accountability, and other areas of best business practices. Therefore, the combination of expert business advice along with personal training, provides the executive with not only the knowledge of “what to do,” but also development of the ability and mindset to actually perform the required tasks.
The Executive Coach becomes the executive’s most trusted ally and advisor and an integral part of the executive’s repertoire for achieving both their personal and the organization’s goals. Executive Coaching may be seen as a combination of mentoring, professional development, and support offered through a one-on-one relationship between a coach and an executive. These relationships focus on behavioral changes to hone leadership skills, enhance personal effectiveness, and correct unhelpful behaviors to improve job performance. Working with an Executive Coach, the executive is introduced to a proven process that enables and empowers him/her to attain the results that they genuinely need for their professional success.
If you were to observe an executive coaching session over a period of time, you would see that it is a series of conversations between the Executive Coach and client, moving along a predictable process through identifiable steps. The steps are: establish focus, promote discovery, determine action plan, establish next steps, and follow-up. Executive coaches ask questions, listen, and make suggestions; they explore, challenge, encourage, probe, facilitate, focus, stimulate, guide, mentor, support, and hold you accountable.
· Centered on the executive’s and the company’s needs and wants
· Enabling the executive to reach his/her goals
· Short term and specific
· Done in person or on the phone.
In practice, coaching is a series of conversations between two people; one intent on making progress in some area of business and life, the other a skilled and empathetic person. The goal of coaching is to help the business person move from where they are to where they want to be.