Executive coaching is a structured and professional relationship between a qualified coach (similar to a life coach) and a client, with regular meetings based in the workplace or in the coaches office. The client might be an organisation aiming to train all of its executives, or an individual looking to get ahead in their career. The goal of executive coaching is to enhance performance, usually by developing skills such as leadership, strategic thinking and organisational skills.
Our executive development coaches aim to learn and understand as much about the client as possible, in order to assist in formulating plans that will work towards agreed-upon targets and goals. The coach is not a “boss” but is more like a friend that helps to identify areas for improvement, and through structured listening and response, develop decision-making tools while encouraging new perspectives and ways of thinking. These days, it is very common for executives to enlist a coach at various critical stages of their careers. Executive coaching is suitable for leaders, managers, employees working their way up the leader board, and self-employed individuals across all industries.
Professionals come to DIPAC business coaching for a wide range of reasons.
- They feel stuck in their current role or business, and don’t know how to progress.
- They don’t have a mentor or confidant to turn to for advice.
- They have a sense that something needs to change and want help.
- They want to try something different but don’t know where to start.
- They know what their goals are but don’t know how to get there.
- They don’t know what their goals are and need help to identify them.
The list goes on! The role of an executive coach is extremely varied, and there is no single reason why someone might enlist coaching services. That’s why executive coaching focuses on the individual client with the overarching aim to get them from where they are now, to where they ultimately want to be (either as a sole professional or as a company).
The benefits of working with an executive coach are far-reaching. Here at DIPAC we have seen hundreds of clients transformed through the coaching process in a variety of ways. Some of the most common benefits are outlined below.
Gain perspective – Sometimes it is really difficult to see yourself and your decisions clearly when you are caught up in the day to day tasks. A coach can help you to see your situation from the outside, and from there, start to plan for the future. When you see yourself and your goals clearly, others will be drawn to your clarity and will be more freely give their respect. Your coach will gather input about how others see you, in order to identify your strengths and your areas for improvement. This process isn’t always easy, but it will help you grow.
Be objective – In high-stress roles, and even in your regular daily workplace, it can be easy to be led by emotions and ego. A coach will help you to be objective about other people, and about situations, to better assess performance. It can be hard for some of us to see that occasionally the weak link is ourselves, or for others with low confidence, it can be hard to situate weakness externally. A coach can help you to achieve more neutral and accurate perceptions.
Communication skills – One of the biggest keys to success is not the skills you have, but how you communicate. If you are prone to lose your temper, or can’t speak up when you feel slighted, you likely won’t make a good leader. A coach will help you to develop tried and tested communication skills that have served everyone from CEO’s to politicians so that you can effectively lead, converse, and get what you want.
Know your strengths – Coaching isn’t all about figuring out what is wrong. It is also about recognising and making the most of your strengths. Perhaps you are currently underestimating your biggest assets, and need a friendly reminder of your gifts so that you can better apply them in your professional life. Some people don’t even know they have a special talent until it is pointed out, and your coach will shine a light on those skills that you can further hone.
Get what you want – Let’s face it. Most people seek out an executive coach because they have some goal or objective they want to reach. DIPAC business coaching will help you map out the pathway to your dreams, and start taking the steps towards making them a reality. Your coach can help you to check in regularly to make sure you are on the right track and make adjustments to your plans when needed.
An executive coach can change your business by:
- Helping you to develop leadership skills to lead your team towards success.
- Developing your staff with specialised training to enhance efficiency and increase retention.
- Assisting you in identifying your goals and making sure they are realistic.
- Building a strategic plan and increasing your profits.
- Providing ongoing support.
The types of services offered by an executive coach are highly dependent on the individual client’s needs and situation. However, the one constant is that those who work with an executive coach consistently transform themselves and their organisations, and move towards ongoing success.
At DIPAC Business Coaching, we are dedicated to using our years of industry experience and knowledge about the architecture of success, to help others grow – both personally and in their careers. Whether you are a CEO, a senior manager, a leader of tomorrow, or a small business owner, we will help you to define your strengths and identify areas for improvement, so that you can clearly move towards your goals.
If you are ready to take the next step in your career, our qualified and certified coaches will help get you where you want, and need, to be.