Executive coaching can improve performance at work and help people progress their careers, Marielena Sabatier says
The growing optimism in economic growth has led to resurgence in the number of companies investing in executive and leadership coaching as the learning development tool of choice for senior executives and CEOs.
Tips on choosing an executive coach
For executive coaching to be truly effective the client must trust the coach in order to open up and reveal more themselves in order to get the most out of the coaching experience, and the executive coach must have the experience, skills and tools to create passion purpose and results.
Get this right and leaders can greatly improve their performance and achieve even better results for their company.
Below are some tips for choosing a coach:
- Corporate experience
A coach must have a real understanding of what it’s like to work in a large corporate environment, although which sector this is in is not so important.
- Coaching experience
A good coach will be able to demonstrate their depth of experience. Anyone can say they are an executive coach so look for a track record of success, testimonials and good references
This is really important. People must be able to open up and trust their coach and trust is often built up over time as they work together on a regular basis. Qualifications and training should be a given and companies must ensure they check these
People must feel confident they can confide in their coach and that this will always be confidential. Break this and trust will be lost
- Challenge and support
Acoach must be prepared to challenge but also support people – a mix of challenge of empathy is needed in equal doses