Coaching is a one-to-one or perhaps group service for leaders or executives designed to bring about more effective, healthier organizations. Hence, when leaders improve their performance, such benefits spread throughout the organization. In a sense, exposing senior leaders to the coaching experience has a flow-on effect of promoting a coaching culture within the organization itself.
As people responsive to coaching apply their newfound skills and techniques to other people in the organization, improved interaction cascades down the organization. Hence, coaching can also be viewed as a passing on of a set of skills used by leaders in the organization on a day-to-day basis that enhances the performance of their people.
Coaching has become a viable option for businesses and organizations looking to operate at peak performance. Where training and workshops are usually general in nature when everyone learns the same set of material, coaching is individualized and specifically tailored to the person.
In most leadership coaching situations, the real objective is to help successful people become even more effective. Effective coaches go to great lengths to emphasize the unique talents and abilities of their clients as well as their client’s potential. It’s about challenging their clients and helping them change their behavior. It’s about encouraging clients to be open to change, to step-up, and to be more responsible corporate citizens. Not surprisingly, leadership coaching improves the bottom line.
For instance, the areas that senior personnel have sought coaching for have included:
- Speed up personal development
- Develop “superstar” workers
- Find that elusive work / life balance
- Expedite priority setting and time management
- Enhance presentation and networking skills
- Engage in career development & planning
- Deal with conflict and learn conflict-management skills
- Learn how to manage upwards
- Recognize and implement effective staff development
- Strengthen self-confidence, assertiveness and well-being