What is executive coaching? / Why use an executive coach? / Finding the best executive coach
Executive coaching can cover the same issues and goals as life coaching; however, it does tend to be more focused on work performance and leadership. Also, as the name suggests, it is more commonly offered to ‘executives’ and senior managers. However, the principals of coaching are the same whether it is work, life, family or personal issues and goals that are being addressed.
It can be helpful to read the experiences of others who have used an executive coach:
Why would someone use executive coaching?
As with life coaching, there are many reasons why someone would use executive coaching, however, some of the more common are:
Improve executive performance
As part of a feedback process on management style
A cost/time effective alternative to training or education to competency and skill development as it targets the executive’s specific needs
Safe sounding board to provide honest feedback
Improve business effectiveness
Does the executive coach need to be an executive or experienced in business?
This is a continuation of the common belief that to be an effective coach, the coach must be an expert. Some believe that executive coaches must have substantial business knowledge of all aspects of business – finance, organisational change, accounting, legal etc. However, this is not true. Although a coach should be able to understand the presenting issue or goal and the business issues that impact, they do not need to understand every aspect of the clients business or the business generally. What the coach brings to the relationship is an in depth understanding of human behaviour and behavioural change.
The coach provides the framework that enables change by helping the executive unlock their potential and a sounding board to provide the executive with understanding of what is holding him/her back. People who have in depth understanding of how businesses operate and provide advice on business operation and processes are probably more likely to be Management Consultants than coaches. Also, if the coach is providing advice on the operation of the business, they are wearing more than one hat and need to inform the client when they switch hats.
Finding the best executive coach for you
Did you realise research has shown that the relationship between you and your executive coach is one of the most important elements for a successful outcome? How do you know if the coach you find will be the best fit for you?
Select Counsellors provides a unique client coach matching service to ensure you see the right coach for you, first time. We have a pool of highly trained Sydney based coaches, counsellors, psychologists, psychotherapists and psychiatrists and will match you with the right practitioner based on important information collected in a personalised assessment about you and your needs. At Select Counsellors our key priority is Finding you the One. To book an assessment click here or call on 1300 123 680 to speak in person with a Select Counsellor.
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