Introduction

Introduction

 

The definition of executive coaching is a form of organisational learning that focuses on leadership development on an executive level (c-level suite). By offering executive leadership coaching, one can get past an impasse, remove a blockage and can draw out and build on strengths. An executive coach must not be mistaken for a consultant (although they may have experience in this area). They usually refrain from giving advice or solving their clients’ problems. Rather, they ask questions to help executives clarify and solve their own problems.

Benefits of executive coaching

Benefits of executive coaching

The benefits of executive business coaching are very similar to leadership coaching (link to our leadership coaching page).

There are many but we will list the key ones:

A clearer vision of yourself

A clearer vision of yourself

There is a strong relationship between organisation effectiveness and self awareness amongst leaders – and according to Andersen (2016), most of us don’t have an accurate vision of ourselves. This is a problem that needs to be addressed as employees are far more likely to follow leaders who have a clear vision of themselves. Executive coaching is an effective tool to help an executive achieve this.

A clearer vision of others

A clearer vision of others

Inaccurate assessment of staff is a common problem, whether that be due to organisational politics or bias, or a simple lack of understanding. Not being able to identify and nurture talent will severely affect retention and morale in the organisation. An executive coach can offer a neutral and more accurate perception of your employees.

A clear vision of your organisation

A clear vision of your organisation

An executive coach will help illuminate your aspirations, what’s holding you back and realise your full potential. As a result, you can realise your organisation’s full potential.

How CoachHub works

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Regular coaching sessions with a top business coach.

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Enhance sessions by choosing from an extensive library of micro-learnings to complete between sessions.

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Chat with your coach 24/7 in-app.

FAQ

What makes a good executive coach?

Credentials and life experience play a huge role in how successful an executive coach is. Consider hiring a qualified coach who excels in the areas you need support in – for example if you need help in implementing new organisational behaviours, a coach specialised in organisational change may be more preferable.

What factors affect the success of executive coaching?

A key area that CoachHub stresses importance on is the working alliance between coach and coachee, i.e. the strength of the relationship. Ensuring the chemistry between the coach and client is as strong as possible will significantly contribute to the coaching success.

When should I hire an executive coach?

Traditionally, an executive coach would only be hired to fix problems through executive coaching training. Today, organisations are increasingly hiring executive coaches to invest in their top executives and high potentials. It is no longer a reactionary solution, it’s a proactive development tool. A common use case is transition coaching, i.e. when an employee has been newly promoted to a c-level role or when they are preparing for a new role.

Author:

Rosie Evans
Behavioural Scientist at CoachHub.io

Rosie is a behavioural scientist at CoachHub, where she applies insights from positive psychology, neuroscience and behavioural science directly into digital coaching programmes and an approach that drives individual and organisational transformation. She works as part of the in-house research and development team, the Coaching Lab, and contributes to the advancement of the science of coaching and behaviour change; in addition to working both internally with in-house researchers and with world-class external academic teams to design and execute groundbreaking studies.

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