You hire an executive coach to help you improve as a leader. Coaching requires a focus on enhancing your leadership skills and increasing your effectiveness with them. Beyond that, you need a coach who is a good personal fit and will support you in working toward achieving your professional and organizational goals.
Marshall Goldsmith states, “Fifty years ago, it was considered a shame for leaders to seek out an executive coach. Today you can’t succeed without having one.”
High-quality executive coaching is the most effective tool for developing leaders, enhancing their role within the organization’s performance, and helping them to grow and sustain their careers.
Here are the key elements you need from a high-quality executive coach:
- They must be experienced and qualified: High-quality executive coaches should have extensive experience in coaching executives and leaders and have the appropriate qualifications and certifications. They must be knowledgeable about the business world, have a solid understanding of human behavior, and be able to adapt to your specific needs.
- They must help you establish clear, relevant, and engaging objectives and goals: Before starting coaching, you and the coach should work together to identify your objectives. These should be specific, measurable, and achievable within a set timeframe. They must also align with your personal and professional aspirations and meet your organization’s needs.
- Confidentiality and trust must be non-negotiable: High-quality executive coaching must always remain confidential, and your coach must create and maintain high trust with you. The coach should consistently reinforce the need for a safe, supportive environment where you are comfortable discussing sensitive issues, personal challenges, and opportunities.
- The coaching should be customized: The coaching you receive should tailor well to your needs, personality, and learning style. The offering should include a range of coaching techniques and tools, including assessments, feedback, action planning, and reflection.
- The coaching must be Results-oriented: High-quality executive coaching should be results-oriented, and the coach should be able to measure progress toward achieving any agreed-upon objectives and goals. The coach should provide regular feedback and support to help you stay on track and make any necessary changes in behavior.
- Continuous learning is also essential: High-quality executive coaching should be a continual learning process. The coach should help you develop and discover new skills and behaviors, encourage self-reflection and self-awareness, and promote a growth mindset.
- Finally, the impact of having a coach should last: High-quality executive coaching will provide sustainable results, meaning that the changes you make should stay well beyond the coaching engagement. Your coach should help you to develop a plan for continued personal and professional development after the engagement ends.
Executive coaching is a serious commitment that is never to be taken lightly. We believe in “coaching with compassion,” popularized by Dr. Richard Boyatzis of Case Western Reserve University, which leads to long-term sustainable behavioral change.
We are anxious to discuss your needs and see if we would fit your aspirations well.