After 6 years of experience in the field, I’ve noticed that certain questions come up regularly about executive coaching.
This blog aims to answer those questions.
What exactly is Executive Coaching?
It’s a 1-1 developmental experience specifically designed for the individual. Those seeking executive coaching with The Inner Potential are most commonly in leadership positions or have high potential for leadership roles.
The coach and the client work in partnership, aiming to enhance the person’s leadership capabilities and achieving specific business results.
This collaborative process helps individuals to access more of their potential and achieve their goals in a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment.
How does executive coaching work?
Coaching sessions are typically held 1-1, in person or virtually.
Initially, coach and executive work together to develop a personalised coaching plan that addresses the specific needs and challenges of the individual.
Subsequent coaching sessions involve a structured process of exploration, goal-setting, discovery and action planning. The coach helps the client to identify their strengths and areas for improvement, and then works with them to develop their own strategies for attaining their goals.
Coaching sessions are typically a conversation between the coach and the client, during which the coach will:
🔎 Ask initial and follow-up questions
💡 Help the client to gain new insights and ideas
💫 Reflect what they are hearing back to the client
⚡ Help the client to focus action planning
Many clients only discover what they truly think or believe for the first time when they articulate their thoughts in coaching.
The coaching process typically lasts 6-9 months, with sessions every 2-4 weeks. Progress is regularly reviewed and evaluated.
Do I need to have a specific goal in mind before starting coaching?
While many people do have specific goals in mind, it’s not always necessary.
Many clients come to coaching with a general sense of dissatisfaction or a desire for change.
Here, the coach works with them to identify what may be behind those feelings, then they define goals with that new information in mind.
Is executive coaching confidential?
Yes, executive coaching is 100% confidential.
The coach-client relationship is based on trust and honesty, so it’s essential that the individual can freely say what’s on their mind.
Professionally-accredited coaches (e.g. ICF, EMCC) are bound by ethical guidelines to maintain the confidentiality of their work with clients.
What goals can coaching help with?
Coaching can be extremely effective with many topics around leadership skills, mindset, stress and careers.
Some of the most common aims I’ve worked on with my executive coaching clients during 2023 have been:
✔ Developing a stronger communication impact
✔ Clarity on strategic direction
✔ Influencing peers and stakeholders
✔ Emotional intelligence
✔ Expanding on self-confidence
✔ Overcoming imposter feelings that the person ‘is not worthy’ or ‘not good enough’
Is coaching right for me?
Executive coaching can be a helpful tool for many individuals who are looking to make positive changes in their lives, but it’s not necessarily the right choice for everyone.
If you’re considering coaching, it’s important to evaluate what you might want coaching to help with, your readiness for change, and your willingness to commit to the process.
If you found this article helpful and want to know more about how executive coaching can help you (or leaders in your organisation), then do get in touch.
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