What is Leadership Coaching?
Leadership Coaching is a proactive, goal-focused series of one-on-one interactions between the leader and coach designed to elevate the leader’s effectiveness at meeting the rapidly
changing needs of their organization. Working with a professional leadership coach offers the leader a level of support, challenge, and structure that permits a deeper level of dialogue and encourages the promise and fulfillment of meaningful commitments by the leader to change. Coaching supports the leader in addressing current challenges in real time through examining thought processes and expanding the leader’s awareness—changes that fundamentally shift the leader’s ability to respond to future challenges.
It is estimated that over 60% of Fortune 500 CEO’s have their own personal coaches. While formal education and training equips leaders to handle the more technical demands of their role, their personal growth and relationship skills development are better addressed by a one-on-one coaching relationship.
Candid, thoughtful feedback is critical and harder to obtain as leaders advance in their careers. Unfortunately, promising careers can derail due to blind spots in critical interpersonal and leadership competencies. This can be devastating to the individual and extremely costly to the company.
At its best, coaching is a partnership relationship. Rather than the coach being “the expert” and providing answers for the client; the client is the expert in the organization and the coach helps the client to become even more of an expert.