Executive coaching is an increasingly popular approach to maximizing individual and organization success a the senior management and board level. It works on close and strictly confidential relationship between coach and executives through which the individual being coached achieves greater clarity about the factors affecting their success, a broader understanding of the responses available to them, and the steps to take to achieve more clearly defined goals. For those stepping up to the executive level, or those who feel they could perform better than they have done before at this level executive coaching is the key to unlock success.
A Better Understanding of Yourself
One of the first steps in realizing your true potential is to better understand yourself, your characteristics, your strengths, and your potential. That's not just an understanding of yourself in terms of how you see your nature but also a better understanding of how others see you and how that will affect their responses to your actions and thus define the best way of handling them. True self awareness is hugely helped by having a coach to help hold up a mirror to yourself, break down attributes and potential to their component elements so as best to comprehend them, and work out how to piece those elements together in new ways to perform better.
A Better Understanding of Others
Your role is leadership and your leadership coach is perfectly placed to help you better understand those you work with. Your coach will help you to see the strengths and attributes of those around you so that you neither over estimate the importance of them nor miss the potential of those who could be key performers for you. The whole purpose of coaching is to transfer the skill set so that after your coaching you will be a better, more neutral judge of co-workers and employees which in turn will make you a better leader.
Famously the skills that got you here won't get you there. Or to put it another way one of the commonest issues faced as individuals rise up the corporate ladder is that the skills and attributes that made them stand out at one level do not necessarily translate to success when raised to a higher level with different responsibilities. So your coach will help you understand new ways of working and assessing situations that are suited to your status and will help you achieve what you need at the executive level.
Goal Driven Results
All of which is great but wouldn't be worth a dime if the end goal wasn't to achieve results. An executive coach doesn't help you understand yourself and others out of a simple love of humankind; they are there to help you sharpen your tool set and understand the levers available to you in order to achieve your goals. As part of the coaching experience your coach will work with you to better define those goals and understand the steps required to achieve the results you want and need.