Do you want to take your career to the next level? Are you perhaps struggling with something at work? Or do you want to overcome a recurring issue?
If you’re answering yes to any of these questions, and especially this one…
Do you want to be seen as someone that can be promoted to the next level?
… then executive career coaching might be exactly what you’re seeking.
You may have seen others in your organisation being coached and may be wondering what it is all about. Or maybe you feel you need it due to feeling blocked with regards to your career progression or recognition within the company.
So let´s see how executive coaching can help your career and motivation.
Executive Coaching Explained
An executive career coach is a qualified professional who works with executives and high-potential employees like you to meet a variety of important objectives.
Executive coaches are facilitators who ask questions, challenge assumptions, and provide resources while acting as a sounding board when needed. Common issues addressed include self-awareness, goal-setting, development objectives, and career potential.
A good coach helps you to gain vital insights, offers expert help, and functions as someone outside the organisation so you have someone to turn to.
Your coach is not only your trainer, but also a supporter in your network whose role is to make you better at all the career-related skills and achievements you care about.
How You Gain Confidence and Skills
You probably want to be a better leader, because that’s the fastest route to promotion in any organisation. But you can’t quite put your finger on why you’re not getting the results or recognition you desire.
For example, what goes through your mind when you consider any of the following:
- Could you be the one holding yourself back?
- Are you complaining, moaning, denying or maybe blaming others when things aren’t going your way? Why?
- Are you sure you’ve examined your full range of options? And are you exploring your options with an open mind?
- What don’t you have that you feel you deserve?
- What opportunities are passing you by?
- What would you like to be doing right now?
- How would you like your career to be progressing?
This is just the start of how an executive coach acts as a professional trainer who clarifies your strengths and weaknesses, optimises your performance and improves your leadership. This, in turn, enables you to add value to the organisation and advance your career in a way that feels right for you.
How It Begins
This important growth starts with more accurate self-awareness. An executive coach will help you question your self-assumptions, become curious about personal strong points and weakness that need attention, and gain an objective view of how others perceive you.
Of course, this leverages your existing strengths, including those you might be undervaluing or ignoring right now.
Just think about that for a moment.
You already know you’re talented, but how valuable is it to discover new talents you didn’t appreciate before … and leverage them to build your confidence and value?
Such self-awareness helps you see others more accurately by recognising your capabilities and areas for improvement. After all, you’re only as strong as your team, after all.
You’ll benefit from improved responses when bringing teams together to work more productively on the highest priorities. This in turn builds more productive relationships with a broader variety of people with different strengths and skill sets.
The end result is that you achieve more and achieve it more quickly thanks to clearer vision and improved skills.
What a Typical Coaching Process Looks Like
A good executive coach is often hired during a company growth or transition period so the organisation can maximise its chances of getting the best possible result.
Or you may be working with a coach that you have hired privately after recognising that you need some external input and support.
Everything begins when your coach asks you to clarify your most desired coaching outcome. What do your feel are your strengths and weaknesses? What’s your long-term vision for the organisation?
From that starting point, the executive coach will ask about daily work routines, scheduling, and time management.
A coach will also ask about your direct reports and regular contacts, which deepens the coach’s understanding of how your company operates.
At that point, you’ll be able to identify any tasks that could be better delegated to other staff members and whether or not miscommunications exist in certain processes.
Think of all the time that will save you during your busy day. You’ll be working smarter. Things will get done faster and more smoothly. Your stress levels will start dropping.
That will, in turn, clear your mind to focus on the best ways to make the most of your opportunities.
What Makes a Great Executive Coach?
You want someone who’s been through the same troubles you are facing.
After all, no one can teach what they themselves don’t know. So, an executive coach has to be able to listen and act insightfully and be trustworthy enough that you’ll feel totally comfortable.
What’s more, the best coaches take a genuine interest in their clients and their clients’ businesses. They should light up with enthusiasm when discussing past success stories and how they helped make them happen.
That means that for the best in the business, coaching is more than a job title. It’s a calling that gives their life meaning and purpose.
So Where Are You Right Now?
It isn´t a big secret that sometimes you have to feel the pain of missing out, being looked over or missing out on a promotion before you decide to take action. That pain is uncomfortable, but it’s a sign that it’s time to act and make things better for you.
With an external executive coach you can do a deep dive, go at your pace, and be honest and open up without fear of repercussions within the organisation. You’ll get impartial advice in a safe environment designed to help you reach your highest levels of performance as a leader who delivers real results.
After all, isn’t that what you really want for yourself and your career? It’s okay to give to yourself if it enables you to give back even more to those who are depending on you.
Why not learn more about the benefits of working with an experienced executive coach right now?
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