Professional growth through executive coaching
My takeaways from executive coaching are:
- a much clearer understanding on the distinction between a leader and a manager,
- improved communication skills vital to building my team, and
- the ability to diagnose and use the potential value of team members
Douglas Miller, HR Director, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
How can you achieve professional growth through executive coaching? Focused, effective business and executive coaching provides the tools to navigate the rough waters of leadership. The challenge as a leader is to continually push the envelope while confronting problems and the people/processes that create them.
Barriers to effective leadership
Have you experienced any of these frequent barriers to effective leadership?
- Overwhelm: Simply too much, too often, with no escape in sight. Executives cope by literally failing to see the problem. Overwhelmed executives have significant blind spots. They literally can’t or won’t see what others are seeing in the organization. As a result, support for leadership ebbs away and, thus, the problem(s) worsens.
- Failure to Act: Executives fail to act either because similar problems have not been successfully resolved in the past or the costs of a wrong decision are too high. Leadership teams and staff are much more willing to forgive a wrong decision, than they are the failure to act altogether.
- Failure to Communicate: When suffering from not feeling good about their performance, executives sequester themselves in the office and don’t communicate with others. Again, this failure is deadly to a leader.
How coaching resolves the barriers
In executive or business coaching, you examine the barriers in your unique situation, particularly what is missing from your toolbox that created the barrier. You learn how to attack that list of missing skills and knowledge head on until the barriers quietly slip away.
The mechanics of an effective coaching relationship
Your coaching sessions with PGS are usually 1/2 hour in length via phone, Skype or in person. The duration of the coaching relationship varies widely and is determined by you. Some engagements last only one month in situations where an executive simply needed to get over a hurdle, after which they were back on step. However, some relationships have lasted for well over a year when the “coachee” is transitioning into a new position of leadership.
Want to learn more?
Is now the time to get rid of the problems that keep you awake at night? To get rid of the gnawing sense that you aren’t as effective an executive or business leader as you could be? We encourage you to look around our site and get more comfortable with who we are. Then drop us an e-mail or call us at 877-276-4414 to set up a time to chat and see if our executive coaching process might be a fit.