Executive coaching: What it is, how it works and the benefits

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Coaching is a client-driven process that is distinctly different from other services such as training and consulting.  But how does executive coaching work, and how will you benefit from it? Let’s find out.

What is executive coaching?

Executive coaching is an efficient, high-impact process that helps those in leadership roles improve in ways that aim to be sustained for longevity. It is an integral component of talent development that involves a close relationship between the coach and an individual, consisting of tailored practices aligned to the needs of the person being coached.

An executive coach will usually meet one-on-one with members of the senior leadership team within a organisation. Through these personal meetings, the coach will provide a structured environment in which to to help the client explore their goals, aspirations, problems or relationships in their leadership context (plus much more!). This style of coaching can help the individual understand their competencies, identify potential weaknesses, and identify and clarify goals and objectives going forward. 

How can executive coaching help leaders?

Executive coaching is generally focused on improving performance, resilience, well-being or behaviour in the workplace, and is tailored to help people develop in the short and long-term. An executive coach will listen and ask relevant questions to help an individual understand their situation, rather than giving specific advice or solving problems for them. It can help leaders to:

  • Gain self-awareness and reflective capabilities
  • Achieve objectives surrounding development
  • Unlock potential

What are the benefits of executive coaching?

There are many advantages of executive coaching – both for the individual involved and the company they work for. 

Executive coaching can help:

  • Efficiently manage their time
  • Better balance competing priorities
  • Take time away from daily tasks to consider mission, vision and values
  • Plan for longer term aspirations
  • Learn how to cope with stressors and triggers
  • Maintain a healthy work-life balance
  • Set achievable goals and make time to achieve them

Executive coaching can help organisations:

  • Support the transition of employees to more senior or different roles
  • Effectively implement organisational or behavioural change
  • Accelerate personal development of employees 
  • Support senior staff with wider personal nurture and retain talent.

How does executive coaching work?

Good executive coaching works as a partnership that focuses on potential rather than problems. Executive coaches demonstrate deep listening and coaching frameworks to help individual leaders achieve high performance.

Thinking about implementing an executive coaching programme in your organisation? 

Our Executive Coaching services are led by Clare Smale, an active master coach practitioner with a wide range of clients who combines extensive practical experience with a wide knowledge base in her role as a coach trainer and supervisor.

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