The real power of executive coaching is that its consequences are felt across multiple layers of the business. Leaders and managers have a huge influence on a company’s performance and culture.
Just think about the number of relationships, direct and indirect, executives and leaders have in the workplace; how many peoples every day is affected by their output in some way? If executives and leaders are working uneconomically or unhelpfully, the exponential fallout greatly reduces the overall performance of the business. But if these individuals are operating efficiently and effectively, the positive impact is passed down and perpetuated through the many relationships they maintain.
Therein lies the true value of executive coaching; by fine-tuning and improving the performance of one individual we can have a large positive influence on the business as a whole.
A homegrown talent, Josh has been working in the L&D space for the last 8 years, creating management and leadership training content for our clients and occasionally stepping into the training room as a facilitator. Josh found his real calling in coaching though. Believing in relationships first, Josh works closely with clients to cultivate a truly safe space in which individuals are free to dig deep into what’s going on for them. Enabling exploration, discovering new insights, and committing to positive change; is what coaching is all about for Josh.
In his spare time, Josh is also a professional musician, signed to a record label in the USA, making albums and playing shows with his band Lion of Judah.
What to Look for in a life coach for Executives
The most powerful predictor of the success of a coaching programme is the strength of the relationship between the coach and the coachee. This is why we run chemistry sessions between our coaches and potential coachees, giving both parties a chance to build rapport and develop a working contract together. In this way, our coachees play a crucial role in designing a coaching programme tailored specifically to them, from the ground up. This includes the practical things like length and number of sessions, but also the level of challenge that is desired, specific areas for exploration, as well as expectations and standards.
Executive coaching FAQs
What is executive coaching?
Executive coaching provides a space for senior individuals to fine tune and improve what they do. The focus of each coaching programme will differ depending on what the individual wants to work on, but will always drive towards improving performance and behaviour in the workplace.
What does the executive coaching process look like?
Coaching is a bit like a car journey. The coachee is in the drivers seat, they dictate the speed of the car and ultimately control the direction of travel. The coach is in the passenger seat, they offer navigational assistance and support the driver on the journey. You’ll notice that this metaphor puts a great deal of emphasis on the coachees input. In executive coaching, the coachee is not a passive passenger, but an active participant in the process. The coachee brings the content to the sessions in the form of whatever issue they are working through or area of performance that they would like to develop, and the role of the coach is to ask insightful questions and provide helpful models through which the coachee can gain clarity and make progress.
What are the benefits of executive coaching?
This intervention is helpful for those already working at the executive level, or to high-performing employees who want to progress their career. Being successful at a senior level entails the development and mastery of all kinds of skills, and executive coaching is a great tool for cultivating personal growth to that end.
Executive coaching will help you:
- Become more efficient and manage time successfully.
- Understand what causes you stress and why.
- Explore what a good work/life balance looks like for you and make progress towards your ideal.
- Make time to set achievable and relevant goals.