Don’t we all want to be more effective leaders in our professional and personal lives? I have seen the value of executive coaching”
- Government Executive
“It was like talking to an old friend who never tired of hearing the ordinary details of my work life; who often had kind things to say; and who coached and cheered me on in a non-judgmental way to think about how to improve”
- Marketing Manager, Entrepreneur
“Because of Rod’s coaching, I am in a better place to accept who I am and what I want to achieve”
- Controller, Small Business
“Rod has done an excellent job as a leadership coach. Continue to be supportive & encouraging. Thank you for your commitment to excellence!”
- Health Care Professional
“I have been benefiting from Rod's advice and can attest to his savvy strategic views that offered me fresh ideas on many challenging situations.”
- Health Care Professional
So, while there are many ways to develop the leaders in your organization, coaching is an effective, proven process that achieves individual and organizational results.
Other circumstances where leadership coaching is particularly effective include changing expectations, a highly political environment, increased complexity (job or organizational), and a leader’s movement (or readiness to move) to a more strategic role.
Leadership coaching is an individualized engagement for successful leaders who want to enhance their effectiveness. The typical participant is preparing for or has taken on new roles, is expanding capacity to include new initiatives/projects, is defining leadership opportunities or is under-performing because of an unproductive behavior that is interfering with success. Together, you and your leadership coach will:
Remember that coaching is a tool; having an effective coach is part of a great plan. The plan cannot be executed if you are not committed. For coaching to be effective, you need to commit to making the change that is necessary. The coach can help guide you through the process of self-awareness. The coach can help you find your authentic voice. The coach can help hold you accountable. Only you can execute the strategies and make the lasting change. You are responsible for the results. You want a great coach/partner. Select that partner wisely and you will accomplish unbelievable results.
Qualified, effective coaches can:
More and more companies are using leadership coaching to improve their bottom line. It is one of many approaches to developing leadership talent. Three reasons that leadership coaching is particularly effective include:
Individualized attention. Unlike many other approaches to leadership development, each participant gets focused attention to learn about their strengths and development opportunities; and, develop specific action steps that tie to organizational results.
Accountability. Coaching is results-focused. The client creates goals and the coach helps hold the client accountable to those goals. Coaches provide clients with the process, tools, structure, and support to achieve higher levels of performance.
Safe environment. Coaches create a safe and trusting environment where clients can discuss confidential situations, use the coach as a sounding board, overcome roadblocks, and create change.
Source: "HBR Research Report: What Can Coaches Do For You," Harvard Business Review, Coutu and Kauffman, January 2009.
In the recent past, coaching was reserved for a select few in the organization. In some organizations it was reserved for senior executives; more often, it was 'administered' to those who were having performance problems. Times have changed. Now, coaching is being used across the leadership ranks in many organizations. In fact, executive coaching has grown to an estimated annual industry expenditure of $1 billion (Source: MarketData).
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