Executive business coaches are experienced professionals who are committed to helping individuals and teams grow both personally and professionally and also to guide them through the rough seas of organisational change. Their expertise may come from the field of general management or it may be very specialised. In both cases they develop a fine eye for issues that really count in the area of skills and personal interaction with others. They are familiar with the world of business and often take time to understand and embrace the corporate culture of an organisation before providing advice or embarking on a coaching relationship.
Executive Business Coaches provide many years of management experience and have witnessed the success and failure of many executives during their career. They are aware of what is required in order for an executive to be successful and offer help and advice to motivate managers to be able to tackle new roles and responsibilities. They are adept at focusing on management success and its ability to obtain results by accelerating the process of change within an organisation. An executive begins by specifying personal and organisational goals and ambitions for the future by placing them in a personal action plan. With online coaching, dedicated software is often used which facilities the process. The executive coach may then perform a gap analysis to identify areas that the executive could be missing in order to move forward in a positive direction. When this process has been completed, the real work of executive business coaching begins.
Both the executive and coach will then examine all formal and informal rules for success of the coaching relationship. The executive coach will then observe and provide the appropriate feedback. Through a series of meetings, online or in-person, the coach will encourage an executive to see himself as others see him, draw reasonable conclusions from the experience and focus on the strengths that will lead the executive in the right direction.
Guidelines for finding a suitable executive coach
The executive needs to find a coach that he/she connects with. When this connection is made the coaching process is made easier and the benefits realised by the executive and the organisation.
The executive should find an experienced coach and one that has previously come across a range of challenges and issues. This way, you will benefit from the experience.
Be prepared to be challenged during the coaching process and don’t be afraid of seeking an honest appraisal of how employees and top management see you.
Most importantly, you need to be totally committed for the coaching process to produce the desired results.
What are the benefits of executive coaching?
Executive coaches help to improve the leadership skills of an executive by discovering weaknesses and strengths and then by working towards improving those weaknesses to make the executive more rounded as a person. By successfully coaching the executive, the coach is able to enhance the productivity of both the executive and his subordinates. This will ultimately increase the profitability of the organisation.