You might have heard of people talking about using an executive coach to improve their personal and organisational performance. You might have even pondered using one yourself. But, what is executive leadership coaching exactly, and what can you expect from this type of coaching?
Utilise Existing Strengths
When wondering what to expect from an executive coach, it’s worth noting that a coach can help you to develop a wide range of skills, specific to your own goals and business requirements.
As well as helping you to develop and improve skills, executive coaching involves honing your existing strengths. It enables people to recognise their own strengths and abilities, and to leverage these so they can be used more effectively in the workplace, whether working individually, as part of a team, or to benefit the company as a whole.
When we’re busy tied up with projects, it’s easy to fall into the trap of having preconceived ideas about things or the people we work with. Yet, failing to take an objective approach to your work could make you narrow-minded and closed-off to potential opportunities or new ways of doing things, which could prove more effective.
However, working with an executive coach can change this viewpoint. Coaches will have a more neutral and accurate perception of the people around you, and the situations or experiences you’re exposed to. By sharing these perceptions with you, this can encourage you to become more objective and open-minded.
Many people wonder why executive coaching works. The answer to this is simple: because a coach is not intimately involved in the day-to-day running of your business, they are able to take an outsider’s viewpoint, which can help you to achieve a fresh, new perspective on your ways of doing things. In particular, if you’re struggling with setting goals or understanding the direction you want to take your business, employing an executive coach can help you to clarify your dreams, aspirations and goals, so they become clearer in your mind. A coach can then help you to devise strategies that enable you to effectively and realistically achieve your goals.
Often, we are confronted by a problem or blockage, but can’t see a way round it. Or we just tackle it the way we have always done! Discussing these types of situations with your executive coach can really help to open your mind to a range of options which you may not have considered. You can then decide which is the best option for you in each specific situation.
One of the biggest issues many of us experience, particularly when under pressure or confronted with lots of choices is prevarication, even lethargy. A good executive coach will ensure you commit to at least one action – so something specific by a specific date – and will then hold you to account and review it with you. This is the output of coaching that can really make all the difference to you and the organisation.
If you’d like to benefit from using an executive coach to improve how you run your organisation, the experts at PDW Group can provide relevant, effective and informative executive coaching that can help to put you on the right track to success. Contact the specialist team at PDW Group today to get started.
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