What does executive coaching do?

Executive coaching, similar to business coaching, is training designed to improve the leadership skills and executive functioning of motivated, achievement-oriented professionals seeking to excel in their current or potential job roles. Executive coaching helps leaders develop the strategies, habits, and attitudes they need to successfully lead others. Executive coaching is an approach to learning that creates self-awareness, helps drive transformative change, and provides fundamental challenges and support. Our executive coaching services create a collaborative relationship between coach and leader and are customized to fit the needs of busy executives.

While the ATD COACH model is still a widely received and accepted coaching model, many coaches have been using the GROW model since the 1980s in corporate settings. Coaching focuses on improving current work performance. Leaders work directly with an executive coach to discuss ideas, receive feedback, and set personalized goals. The coach will then establish a comfortable and confidential relationship with their leaders to create a safe and confidential space that promotes focus, clarity, and purpose.

The development process evaluates whether the executive needs additional knowledge, motivation or capabilities or if he should be given the opportunity to apply existing skills in a real environment and to be accountable. The portfolio can also help the organization determine what type of coach is right for the executive based on needs analysis. However, regardless of their background, the best executive coaches understand the psychological factors that empower and inhibit people. Today, this negative image of coaching has been fading and many stakeholders, including organizations, psychologists and accredited bodies, have jumped on the bandwagon to take advantage of the rise of coaching as a learning and development intervention (L&D) for high-profile managers.

While not the most popular type of training within an organization, life coaches are sometimes still present internally. Coaching is probably one of the most personalized, if not the most personalized, practices in talent development, since it involves a close and confidential relationship between the coach and the person receiving the training. For an average of six months, an executive coach challenges leaders to create measurable goals and to develop plans to gradually achieve them. Finding the best executive coach is a personal experience and should be tailored to the person or people involved.

In the past, coaching was considered an intervention that organizations could use to deal with problem managers and prevent leadership derailment. Both talent development professionals and managers turn to ATD to improve their ability to develop internal coaching programs, learn about coaching practices and competencies, and develop successful strategies to expand coaching skills. Since this process is highly personal, mutual respect and a good relationship are essential between the coach and the candidate. By participating in executive coaching experiences, your leaders will gain greater self-awareness, drive transformative change, and renew their sense of opportunity.