The purpose of leadership coaching is to optimize business results. The coach facilitates the continued development and success of the business leader to achieve maximum effectiveness in current and future roles. As leaders overcome obstacles and build on their strengths through coaching, the business realizes better results.
Research demonstrates that traditional development methods are inadequate to help leaders achieve and sustain their potential. Leaders need to work one-on-one with a trained facilitator from outside the organization to have their individual strengths and opportunities objectively assessed. “One size fits all” training and seminars simply don’t create real, lasting change for leaders or the business.
- Leadership Development
- Soft Skill Development
- Talent Retention
- Change Management
- Navigating Transition
- Succession Planning
- Culture Development
Who Needs Coaching?
A common misconception is that coaching is just for underperformers. The reality is that companies invest in coaching for high-potential business leaders, including C-suite executives, senior managers, and other key employees that are expected to be catalysts for achieving superior business results.
Coaching achieves results in three areas:
- Individual Effectiveness
- Team Performance
- Business Results
As leaders move through the coaching process, they develop the specific key competencies that leaders need to improve individual effectiveness. By using the coach as a sounding board and applying the developed competencies, leaders unlock team potential to better align with the business strategy.
How Does Coaching Work?
Often there is an initial three-way alignment meeting between coach, client and sponsor (typically client’s supervisor) to clarify goals, measurable outcomes and logistics.
Then in confidential partnership with the client, the coach uses tools such as a 360 to assess the strengths and opportunities upon which the individual development plan is collaboratively created.
Coach and client will then meet one-on-one in person, by video conference, or by phone on a regular basis. This time is spent enhancing awareness, considering options for change, and creating action plans aligned with the individual development plan and business goals.
Between sessions the coach holds the client accountable for executing the action plan and debriefs the client at the next session to improve integration of learning and create lasting behavioral change.