The primary benefits of Executive Coaching are : continuous one-on-one attention, increased self-awareness - including blind spots, expanded thinking through dialogue with a curious and non judging outsider, personal accountability for development and learning. However there are certain things that need to be in place for the coaching assignment to be labelled successful. The factors that play a significant role in creating a successful coaching initiative are: an eager and willing executive, a skilled coach and realistic expectations on both ends.I. Willing and Eager ExecutiveA willing executive is someone who enters into coaching voluntarily, with enthusiasm and commitment and the desire to examine their gaps as well as their assets. This implies that willing executives are those who are open to self awareness and discovery and personal growth, and who want to be coached - otherwise, coaching is not a viable option.
II. Skilled and Vested CoachA skilled coach can make all the difference in the coaching experience that you have.The importance of the coach’s ability to build relationships, ask challenging questions, listen effectively, create accountability and motivate the executives towards their objectives cannot be stressed enough.
III. Realistic ExpectationsSome people seem to think that coaching can solve everything. Coaching is neither a magic bullet nor a quick fix. It is unnerving when people opt for coaching with a kind of magic wand that will fix everything. You are expecting so much from it, and I think it’s going to let you down. Too much loving and too much hating is not a good thing in leadership.
It must be understood that the primary purpose of executive coaching is to help executives learn. Coaching is not a complete solution for a host of business ailments. It is the responsibility of coaches to clarify the purpose of coaching at the beginning of the process, to ensure all expectations are realistic. It is also important for executives to realize that they can slip into old habits during stressful times at work. But, if coaching is ongoing, there are plenty of opportunities to get back on track.
Talent Power Partners works with organizations in high growth mode in supporting their Leadership Training Initiatives, through workshops and lecturettes, group alignment and coaching and one on one Executive Coaching. Visit us at www.talentpowerpartners.com
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