Executive coaching primarily works to help leaders improve their individual performance and its impact on their business as a whole. Executive coaches serve as neutral sounding boards to clients, giving business leaders both a listening ear and an opportunity to have their thoughts and ideas reframed and reflected back to them in a different way. This process could be used to work through a decision, determine a best solution to a problem, create and discuss previously unthought of alternatives or explore a ‘blind spot’ in decision making.
Executive Coaching Focuses On Strengths
Executive coaching can also be focussed on strengthening an area of weakness to improvement, or supporting a leader through a difficult conversation or tough decision making process. Further, executive coaching can be used to establish, discuss or create further awareness of a leaders goals and how to achieve them.
Executive Coaching Is For More Than The C-Suite
Executive coaching is not just for C-suite executives or business owners; it can be a useful tool for any leader, entrepreneur or manager that needs support, reflection or guidance to achieve their set goals and targets. Why? Because many businesses – particularly smaller and entrepreneurial businesses – don’t always have the requisite interpersonal and leadership skills to provide support, training and guidance for the leaders they employ. That is not a criticism of the business – it is often just part of the growth process of a business and a focus on operational objectives.
A large focus of executive coaching is working with a client to navigate and see their business relationships in a different light or perspective, gaining deeper insight into what is going on around them and a clearer understanding of actions / tasks and resources needed to achieve their outcomes.
‘Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.’International Coaching Federation (ICF)
Executive coaches are often external to the business, which provides several advantages for the leader / manager being coached. External executive coaches can provide both a safe and confidential space to work through problems and ideas, away from the judgments of other team members. This distance also allows the executive coach to focus solely on the person being coached, providing full and unbiased support to the executive.
Executive Coaches Partner With Leaders
In addition, not being attached to the organisation allows the executive coach to challenge assumptions and engage in robust discussion with the executive in a way that team members or peers in an organisation don’t / won’t. It can be lonely at the top of an organisation, and one thing often missing in an executives arsenal is full and unbridled feedback on ideas, performance and perspectives. Instead, the coach focuses the success of the client, both personally and professionally, providing that critical neutral third-party viewpoint.
IMLD Executive Coaching
At IMLD, executive coaching provides leaders, managers, small business owners and entrepreneurs with:
- A coach who will actively listen to problems, issues, doubts, fears and thoughts
- A coach who will work with you to identify what is lifting you up and what is dragging you down,
- A coach that will work with you to discover what actually works for you
- A coach that will guide, mentor, encourage and if need be, push you in the direction you have stated you want to go
- A coach that will clearly and openly challenge your thoughts and behaviours, particularly when they are not serving you any more or are not aligned with your values
- A coach that will be your most unreasonable friend and challenge you further, while also acknowledging and celebrating your successes
- A coach that will help you grow and develop your knowledge, skills and behaviour further
- A coach that will recognise your ‘little wins’ and highlight not only where you are are going, but acknowledge how far you have come.
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