Many people think of executive coaching as a service reserved for those in senior leadership. That doesn’t have to be the case. Anyone who wants to focus on growth, fulfillment, and effectiveness at work could benefit from the services of an executive coach. Imagine the following scenarios:
Latoya was always a great worker and successful in her position. Eventually, she was promoted to management. She was suddenly responsible for supervising her friends and previous co-workers. Though she knew her old job well, she had never supervised before and felt alone in her new position. Latoya utilized her coach as a confidential sounding board. She was able to discuss how the relationships with her former peers were changing. Together, they analyzed her new role in the company and where she fit in the organization’s system. Latoya explored ways to develop the new skills she needed and discussed a variety of management styles and leadership skills. Ultimately, she determined which leadership style fit her personality and she built the confidence to take on her new role.
Michelle had been working for her company for several years. She wanted to apply for a more senior position but felt unsure about what steps to take. Through coaching, she generated ideas and goals to shape her career trajectory. For example, she interviewed several company leaders and discussed what characteristics they were looking for in employees and management. With the help of her coach, Michelle identified her own strengths and began working on areas for growth. She enrolled in professional-development activities, especially those offered through her workplace. She learned networking strategies and began attending more events in her field. She utilized her coaching sessions to generate ideas for growth, set goals, get feedback, and increase her motivation and accountability.
Maria is in mid-management at her company. She values self-improvement and strategic planning. She hired a coach to help her improve her management skills and learn about emotional intelligence. During her coaching sessions, she discovered new ways to include her team in developing the strategic plan. She learned the value of setting aside time to listen and brainstorm with the whole team before making decisions that impact them all. Through self-assessment and feedback from others, she identified areas for continued growth. Ultimately, she established a new way of communicating during department meetings which improved both morale and performance.
The stories above are fictional, but they do represent some major focus areas for people who participate in executive coaching. Executive Coaching gives people a chance to think about their work and be planful about how they want to move forward. As they say, if you don’t make plans for yourself, someone else will make them for you.
If you want to design your own future, executive coaching can help you with:
- Communication skills
- Team effectiveness
- How to motivate others
- Strategies for improving the bottom line
- Management skills
- Leadership skills
- How to create a positive career trajectory
- Confidence boosting
- Personal and work values
- Naming and developing personal strengths
- Planning your own business
- Improve work-life balance
- Transitioning to retirement
- Increasing self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- Exploring whether or not the current job remains a good fit
Whether you are in a leadership role or aspire to one, an executive coach can help you grow your professional skills, boost your confidence, and enhance your contribution to any organization.