One-on-one coaching helps leaders set clearer goals, take action toward the realization of their vision, make better decisions, and expand the use of their natural strengths. Effective coaching entails a collaborative process of equipping leaders with the tools, knowledge and opportunities they need to self-manage, develop change resiliency and become more effective.
The coach’s job is to motivate and help enhance the leader’s competencies, resources, and creativity. While the coach provides feedback and an independent perspective, the leader is responsible for taking specific action steps to produce the results he or she desires. It is a means for achieving sustained, far-reaching change and for developing new solutions to leadership problems. This approach brings insight and understanding to bear on the factors that guide and shape behavior.
Coaching is a partnership between the leader and the coach. The relationship is built on the premise that the leader is the expert and that he or she is seeking to enhance his or her effectiveness and career. The coach and the leader together formulate an action plan, looking at where the leader is today and where he or she wants to be tomorrow. The action plan becomes the roadmap for achieving the desired goals and outcomes.
While the coach provides feedback and an independent perspective, the leader is responsible for taking specific action steps to produce the results he or she desires.
Once the decision to move forward with an executive coach is made, the coachee should have an opportunity to interview potential coaches. We suggest you focus on the following for the best fit:
Taking the time to evaluate and make the best selection will yield the best possible outcome for you as a leader. Coaches come to the table with a set of experiences, skills, and tools. You need to feel comfortable with your coach’s style and approach so that you can open up and reveal more of yourself and are able to work together to maximize the impact of the engagement.