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Definition of Executive Coaching
Executive coaching is an ongoing professional and confidential relationship between the client and the coach. It is a structured process that is goal directed. As defined by the International Coach Federation, "professional coaching helps people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses or organizations. Through the process of coaching, clients improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life. In each meeting, the client chooses the focus of conversation, while the coach listens and contributes observations and questions. This interaction creates clarity and moves the client into action. Coaching accelerates the client's progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice." (The International Coach Federation Website, 2004).
In executive coaching, the process involves defining the specific goal to be achieved. Executive coaches focus on performance and the effectiveness in a present job, focusing on behaviors that have been limiting, focusing on personal and professional development for career advancement and often focus on the complex issues of being a leader. An executive coach often plays the role of a think partner where a variety of issues are discussed. It can be lonely at the top. Often, the use of assessments will be provided to bring about greater awareness of personality types and emotional intelligence. The initial meeting is often an extended meeting to fully define, explore, and clarify the emerging core coaching agenda.
Why Do You Need A Coach?
A coach can:
Identify blind spots
access for growth and identify where you can be more effective
Do a reality check
ASsist in transition where new skills may be needed
point out ways to learn and change
When not following through, your coach is an accountability partner
help you see your self as others see you
discover and point out what is derailing the team
be a thinking partner
offer guidance and feedback on how to change a pervasive pattern of behavior