FAQs About Leadership Development Via Executive Coaching
Gretchen Gavett shared some statistics from a Stanford University Survey released in 2013; the first two questions and answers are from the HBR article found at: http://blogs.hbr.org/hbr/hbreditors/2013/08/research_ceos_and_the_coaching.html?utm_source=Socialflow&utm_medium=Tweet&utm_campaign=Socialflow
How should CEOs choose the right outside leadership skills coaches or advisors?
You need coaches who are very smart, intuitive about business and interpersonal dynamics, neutral in their assessment (i.e., not captured by their client), and can tailor the training to the individual needs (not a canned approach).
A good coach does not make someone feel badly about themselves, but will engage in training so that the CEO gets up the next morning and is excited about trying something new or doing something in a different way.
A key attribute of being a superior leader?
For boards and other stakeholders, they should understand that it could help make the difference between a good organization and a visionary one.
How long does it take before I will see results?
On average a successful executive coaching process will start to show results quickly, often within a few weeks. It does take time to get change to ‘stick’ and that is why six and three month packages are the most effective time frames. Clients often find that the success they experience in the coaching process motivates them to continue to work towards reaching their full potential and it isn’t unusual to continue coaching as they progress through their career.
Why use assessments?
Coaches often use assessments as a way to uncover underlying issues that the client may not be aware of and they can be very helpful in finding new ways to understand what our limiting beliefs are and how to overcome them. In my practise I focus on using the emotional intelligence and personality style resources that offer the strongest link between awareness and practical application.
What is expected of the coach providing leadership skill develoment?
The effective executive coach offers clients services that approach their challenges from various methods, asking important questions, uncovering limiting beliefs, helping clients discover their own solutions and offering the client their own practical solutions when appropriate and necessary.
What is expected of the client?
A successful coaching relationship requires that the client is fully committed to achieving the goals and overcoming the challenges set out in the coaching contract. This means that the client completes assignments, attends all scheduled coaching sessions, is on time and prepared for each session, is open and honest in discussing their challenges and experiences.
Can Anyone Acquire The Skills?
Coachability is the readiness of the client to accept the coaching process as outlined and that the client is 100% committed to the process. Clients who are not ready for this commitment are not well served by the coaching process or any leadership skill development process.
What will my coach do if I don’t complete assignments or don’t participate fully in the process?
Your coach will be clear and straightforward if you do not complete assignments, or do not appear to be participating fully in the coaching process by directly asking you to reaffirm your commitment. If the lack of adequate participation continues the coach may end the coaching and/or may refer the client elsewhere if appropriate.
What if my coach is in a different geographic location than I am?
Technology offers some wonderful options to conduct coaching sessions virtually. Ask your coach what methods are available in their practice. At Evolve Executive Coaching we offer sessions via Skype, Google+ Hangout and are constantly seeking other products to meet this need.
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