Executive coaching is a precision tool for optimizing the abilities of leaders; enhance leadership performance and to improve the relationships essential to achieving organisation results. Often, it focuses on the leader’s individual effectiveness; at his effectiveness within a team environment or his/her capacity to drive organizational change. The essence of executive coaching is helping leaders work through challenges so they can transform their learning into results for the organization. The role of the coach is to expose blind spots and challenge the executive to achieve greater levels of success.
Four essential ingredients of executive coaching:
- Bring a results orientation to the client’s problem;
- We will be an accountability partner for the executive;
- Engage the client in his/her specific leadership challenges;
- Link team behaviours to bottom-line goals
A common misconception about executive coaches is that they are business experts. While many executive coaches possess extensive business knowledge and experience, they need not be experts in your line of business to deliver quality coaching services. A commonly held belief among coaches is that you, the coachee, are the expert in your business.
Consequently, many executives use their coach as a sounding board, a thinking partner, and an independent third-party who helps them stay focused on the most important parts of the business.