A skilled executive coach acting as an objective and unbiased thinking partner can be invaluable if you are facing change or simply want to hone your leadership skills. Your coach can help diagnose the gap between where you are now and where you want to be, and be resourceful with ideas on how you can get there.
So how do you find the right coach for you?
An important consideration when choosing a coach is to understand a little more about them as a person, as well as their style and approach, so that you can decide if the coach is the right ‘fit’ for you.
Here are 7 things to consider when choosing your executive coach:
- What coaching experience and qualifications do they have?
- Can the coach provide you with testimonials?
- What examples of success can the coach share with you?
- Do they have experience in your industry?
- Have they coached leaders at a similar level to you?
- What types of assessment tools do they use to evaluate skills?
- What time frame are they allowing for the coaching assignment?
Research over the past decade clearly demonstrates the positive impact of coaching on people and on business results. You can expect to benefit in various ways:
- Greater self-awareness
- More clarity and focus on your role
- New ways to build relationships with colleagues and other stakeholders
- Ideas for overcoming difficult workplace issues
- Improved business performance
Coaching is increasingly being recognised as a powerful partnership that inspires an individual to make changes to achieve fulfilling results, personally and professionally. And, with the right coach, that partnership can be a richly rewarding experience that gives you long-lasting benefits.