How to Choose An Executive Leadership Coach – Question 2

How to choose an effective Executive Leadership Coach. Question 2 – Are You An Accredited Coach? If not, why not? Another quite simple question to ask – yet you will be surprised by how many coaches squirm when asked this question. Truth is, in a highly unregulated industry like executive coaching or executive leadership coaching, every man (and woman) and their dog says they are an ‘executive coach’. But has the person in front of you taken as much time to develop their skills as they are asking to invest in yours?

A Credible Executive Leadership Coach Is Accredited

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is the international governing body for coaching – and they have 3 levels of accreditation – Accredited Certified Coach (ACC), Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and Master Certified Coach (MCC). While you don’t have to be working with an MCC level coach, you should at least work with someone who has the ACC. As a minimum, the person has then had their coach recordings assessed by another certified coach, and they will have completed over 150 hours of coach training and done more than a 100 hours of coaching (for ACC – higher again for the higher levels).

Not only do you get someone who has completed some significant hours as a coach when you choose someone accredited, you also ensure that they have signed up to the coaching industries code of ethics and conduct.

Why Work With An Accredited Coach?

Working with an accredited Executive Leadership Coach has a number of benefits.


  • are invested in professional development themselves, and will most likely respect your investment in doing the same,
  • are still seeking to learn and grow, irrespective of experience,
  • are likely not a ‘part time’ coach – this is their job and they want to attain high professional standards,
  • they have been assessed and reviewed by someone else (the ICF) to verify their basic coaching standards,
  • have signed up to a professional code of ethics and conduct, and
  • have had at least 2 recorded coaching sessions pass a peer and have completed at least 10 mentor hours with an accredited coach themselves.
ICF Professional Certified Coach PCC

Why is all of this important? Trust and credibility. Don’t fall for the ‘I studied at ### school, or I got my coaching licence from ### academy’. Having a certificate from a coaching institution is not an accreditation. It can certainly be part of an accreditation – the hours of training (and hopefully mentoring) and part of the accreditation process – but only the ICF issues accreditation. The standard and content of coaching institutions is so varied – with some face to face, others virtual and some completely online – the completion of a coaching certificate through an institution is no guarantee or skill, competence or rigour.

In an industry full of slick marketers, bold promises and low barriers to entry, look for the person who has taken the time and effort to attain a coaching accreditation.

The 9 Questions To Ask When Choosing An Executive Leadership Coach

These 9 simple questions will help you identify the good from the bad, the amateur from the professional, the executive leadership coach worth paying for compared to the one that is an expensive waste of time.

How To Choose An Executive Leadership Coach – The 9 Questions
  • Question 1 – Do you have a coach yourself?
  • Question 2 – Are you an accredited coach?
  • Question 3 – What is your experience as a leader?
  • Question 4 – What is your own coaching style?
  • Question 5 – Who else would you recommend?
  • Question 6 – What recommendations and success stories do you have?
  • Question 7 – What resources and tools do you have at your disposal?
  • Question 8 – What leadership assessment tool do you use?
  • Question 9 – How will you challenge me (and yourself)?

If you are talking or engaging a coach that can’t answer these 9 questions effectively – walk away! There are plenty of highly effective executive leadership coaches who can – and you deserve to work with someone that can back up what they say with action.


Focussed, personal, confidential, honest and practical – all words that have been used in testimonials to describe the Developing Leaders Executive Leadership Coaching. If this sounds like something that could be useful for you or a member of your team, get in touch with us today for a confidential chat about your needs. If you would like to read what other clients experienced and gained through the Executive Leadership Coaching process, check out our LinkedIn recommendationsreviews and testimonials.


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Launch of The New Cohort Of The Executive Leadership Program

Yesterday I had the pleasure (and pure joy) of facilitating the first day of the Developing Leaders Executive Leadership Program Phase 2 with Sunbather Pty Ltd‘s Operations leadership team. I say pleasure because it is invigorating working with passionate individuals who want to challenge themselves and their team, work hard, learn and adapt new skills to drive new levels of performance.
Honestly, it pushes me as a facilitator to stretch myself and bring new and relevant models and ideas to the fore and for the benefit of the team and business.

The Executive Leadership Program

Developing Leaders Executive Leadership Program is a year long leadership program broken up into two phases – Phase 1 incorporating learning and adoption of new leadership models and practices, and Phase 2 focussed on implementation, execution and group accountability.

Executive Leadership Program - Phase 2
Executive Leadership Program – Phase 2

The program includes Developing Leaders Velocity Leadership CheckPoint leadership assessment, half day workshops, experiential (immersion) activities and one-on-one Executive Leadership Coaching to challenge individuals and team to move from good to great performance, as measured by them. Phase 2 of the Program is only activated after completing Phase 1. It is a challenging program both intellectually, emotionally and from an effort perspective – and ‘the juice is worth the squeeze’!
Is the Executive Leadership Program the right investment in performance for your team / business right now? Why not find out? Click on the Calendly link in the comments to discuss if this program is right for you.
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Is The Executive Leadership Program Right For Your Leaders?

Developing Leaders tailors leadership programs, coaching and workshops to the business, business unit or calibre of leaders requiring training. If this program length or expectation isn’t for you, perhaps the Emerging Leaders Program, Team Leaders / Supervisor Program or Diploma of Leadership & Management course might be? Reach out and let us help tailor a program for your leaders today.

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Leaders Treat Others How They Would Like To Be Treated

Leaders Treat Others How They Would Like To Be Treated. Some old adages don’t serve leaders and teams very well – and ‘treat others how you would like to be treated’ is definitely one of them.

While I am sure the intentions were good – is there a lazier, more biased, self-serving way of existing?

Treating others how you want to be treated assumes that your way of behaving and existing is the only way – the right way – and that other ways aren’t really worth listening to.

In a multicultural nation like Australian where more than 50% have a family member who was born overseas, assuming one way to be treated is a bit naive.

Teaching leaders to think beyond themselves, their perspectives and their opinions is a simple yet crucial aspect to Executive Leadership Coaching, Emerging Leaders Programs as well as Executive Leadership Programs. We can all get caught up in focussing on our way of doing things and assuming that it is the ‘right’ way to do things.

Leaders Listen and Seek To Understand Other Views

How about seeking to listen, seeking to understand, seeking to adapt – and treating people / teams / staff the way that they want to be treated?

You want to have a meeting at 8am on a Monday morning because it sets you up for the day and you want to know what is going on in your business. What does your team want? 8am? Every week?

Needs, wants and expectations.

Weekly or fortnightly one-on-one meeting with your team member gets bumped because ‘something more important came up’? This is one where either adage applies.

When leaders take a moment to see how they can meet everyone’s expectations and not just their own, a whole bunch of things start to change. Trust. Empathy. Compassion. Truth. Responsibility.

‘How would your team like to be treated?’


How Important Are Values To Your Leadership & Business?

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Executive Leadership Coaching Review – James Ryall, Vow Foods

‘It took me a while to find a leadership coach I wanted to work with, and I feel incredibly lucky to have come across Michael, who has the right mix between personable but professional and supportive but honest feedback. At first I knew there were areas I wanted to work on, but I couldn’t put my finger on what they were. Michael not only helped me identify these areas, but then grounded and rooted me in my own values, strengths and purpose which has helped realign me with my own goals and direction. “


How Important Are Your Personal Values to Your Leadership?

How important are your personal values to your leadership? Incredibly important! When I work with leaders – either in an Executive Leadership Coaching capacity, or as a facilitator for our Executive Leadership Program, I find that most leaders either haven’t thought to, or haven’t taken the time to work out their core personal values.

Business Values and Personal Values

They will most likely have done some work on business values – often writing value nouns (Integrity, Honesty, Courage, Innovation etc) without really considering whether they are their own personal values.
(We can talk on the fault of nouns rather than verbs as values, absolutes as values and writing aspirational rather than actual values at another time!).
Our personal values drive our behaviour. For those that haven’t considered putting those values into words or actions, it is often described as a ‘gut feel’.
When you consider what is really important to you, and take the time to evaluate, weigh up and consider hundreds of value propositions to sift through to your Top 3 – leaders end up with a huge sense of clarity.

Are There ‘Good’ Or ‘Bad’ Leadership Values?

Often we need to discuss whether they feel like their values are ‘good’ or ‘bad’ values for a leader. Quick tip – there are no good and bad values for a leader, just what you feel and believe.
When you know your personal values, a whole bunch of things fall into place from a personal and professional level.
When it comes to what you see as ‘good team behaviours’, they will most likely align with at least 1 of your top 3 values. Similar for what you see as ‘poor team behaviours’ – they will ‘cut across’ at least 1 of your top 3 values.
As a leader, when you understand the key values that drive you, you develop a sense of clarity regarding your behaviours and the behaviours you accept (or don’t accept) with others.

Good Leaders Share Their Values

As a good leader, you have the opportunity to share those values with your team members, to develop a better understanding of you as a leader, and what your expectations are. That clarity serves the team in numerous ways, not least in being able to anticipate what you may want or need in your absence, based on those values.
When your values are expressed as verbs rather than nouns, you get even greater clarity, as both you and your team understand more clearly the actions and behaviours that are required.
So yes, personal values are important for leaders!
If you haven’t thought to work out your top 3 values and don’t know where to start, reach out via email or DM. We have worked with dozens of leaders just like you to develop the value and behaviour clarity that you need to bring yourself and your team to the next level of performance.

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The Velocity Leadership CheckPoint Is The Start

If you are unsure of your impact on your leader / team, perhaps you should complete the Velocity Leadership CheckPoint? 25 behavioural leadership traits, focussed in 5 distinct leadership capabilities – a ‘must know’ for any leader or team looking to drive high performance. If you haven’t completed the CheckPoint, get in touch with us today to arrange an appointment. Read through the comments and feedback from those that have – many say that it has had a profound effect on how they lead and perform within a team.

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Thank you to our Executive Coaching and Leadership Program Clients!

A huge thank you to our Executive Coaching, Executive Leadership Coaching and Leadership Program Clients! As Financial Year 2021/2022 comes to an end, we wanted to go ‘beyond the numbers’ (borrowing your tagline Fiscal Artisans pty ltd!) and say thank you to the wonderful CEO’s, small business owners, leaders, managers and supervisors that have trusted us in the last 12 months to develop your leaders and help deepen leadership and management skills.

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Executive Coaching
Executive Leadership Coaching
IMLD Leadership Programs & Workshops

It is a great privilege to work with talented people who want to stretch themselves and develop themselves (and their teams and businesses) further, and we certainly don’t take it for granted!

IMLD Executive Coaching, Executive Leadership Coaching & Leadership Programs

Thank you for taking part in our:
? Executive Coaching & Executive Leadership Coaching (and the transition and blend of face to face and online coaching)
? Emerging Leaders Program (and the wonderful conversations and connections that developed)
? Executive Leadership Program (and the challenging conversations and new ideas that developed)

? Diploma of Leadership and Management program (both face to face and online)
? Experiential Leadership Program (and the challenging activities and debriefs included),

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Executive Coaching
Executive Leadership Coaching
IMLD Experiential Leadership Workshops

? Leadership & High Performance Team Workshops, and
? Velocity Leadership CheckPoint leadership assessment tool.

There is an old African proverb that says that ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ – I think that it also takes a team to raise a leader.
Thank you to the teams at 4Legs Pet Food CompanyPeerless JALSunbather Pty LtdAll Saints EstateSummer Foundation LtdLyondellBasellGlobal Buildings Performance Network (GBPN)Fiscal Artisans pty ltdVow and many others for the opportunity to play a small part in raising the skills of your amazing teams.

Thank you also to all of the individual leaders that started their development with a Velocity Leadership CheckPoint and continued their leadership process through coaching, workshops or programs – It has been our pleasure to work with you all.

Velocity Leadership CheckPoint - Leadership Assessment Tool for Leaders
IMLD’s Leadership Assessment Tool – The Velocity Leadership CheckPoint

We are all looking forward to continuing and maintaining these amazing relationships for FY2022/23 and beyond!
Yours in Developing Leaders.