Executive Coaching

Executive coaching is a series of focused, goal-oriented interactions that seeks to open up possibilities and alternative ways of perceiving and understanding situations, leading to desired outcomes. The process encourages clients to access and draw upon their own strengths and knowledge, and perhaps choose different, more effective ways of perceiving and behaving. This results in higher performance, greater effectiveness, fulfilment and enjoyment.

Executive coaching opens up possibilities for clients to stretch beyond their current performance. It is goal-specific and action-oriented, and tailored to fit the specific requirements of individuals.

Key aspects of executive coaching:

  • It aligns the personal development of executives to the strategic objectives of the business
  • It focuses energy where it needs to be directed to achieve objectives
  • It is oriented toward action and results
  • It supports maintaining a longer term focus
  • It supports accountability
  • It is a trusting, confidential partnership
  • In addition to achieving goal-specific objectives, it enhances personal effectiveness through, for example, heightened self-awareness; developing flexible leadership styles; constructive interpersonal relationships; enhanced conflict management; and enhanced stress and work/life management.

Coaching can be particularly useful during times of transition, such as promotions, formation of new teams, mergers, restructurings, strategic repositionings of the business, and peaks and valleys of the economic cycle.

The International Coach Federation Definition of Coaching

“Professional coaches provide an ongoing partnership designed to help clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Coaches help people improve their performance and enhance the quality of their lives. Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customise their approach to individual client needs. They seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client; they believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful. The coach’s job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources and creativity that the client already has.”