The Benefits of Executive Coaching
You AND your organization will reap the benefits of executive coaching.
Whether you are a business or a nonprofit, a board member or a shareholder, the organization you are a part of exists somewhere on a spectrum which ranges from weak to strong. It's either losing ground, dynamically moving forward, or at a point somewhere in between.
A great leader and supporting team can substantively move priorities forward and add to the bottom line, whether that's number of people helped or revenues brought in. The benefits of executive coaching in this regard can be significant.
Of course you will reap the benefits of executive coaching. But the gains you make personally and professionally will ripple through your organization as well.
Assess Your Organization or Team Against These Characteristics
- Good things are happening so fast that we need to develop new methods of responding.
Fantastic. What a great position to be in. But those good things can quickly evaporate unless you put in the systems needed to lock in their long term sustainability and oversight. Sometimes we can get so caught up in managing the new thing that we miss out on taking the time to establish what might be needed to ensure its success and longevity. We become victims of our own success.
- We see opportunities we haven't taken advantage of yet.
Who knows what might be possible if you were able to harness those opportunities. Sometimes timing is everything. What exists as an opportunity today may be commonplace tomorrow. But who will go for it ... you? On the other hand sometimes great opportunities may have to be passed by. They may be great but for someone else. The pursuit of them would take you off your current game
- We want to excel at what we currently do.
With so much mediocrity and downright low engagement and productivity out there, it's refreshing to hear of an organization that wants to excel. Of course it doesn't mean you will be perfect. But it does mean that you have the attitude that propels you along much further than others. That's the whole point of a leadership or executive coach ... they help you excel.
- We think we can be even better.
The mere fact that you have this attitude is significant. Many organizations can't seem to acknowledge the fact that 'better' is possible. They exhibit a degree of apathy to their 'customers' and those who care about their pursuits. The quest for doing better engages all stakeholders. The quagmire of mediocrity, arrogance or indifference paralyzes even the hardiest stakeholder.
- We have lost some of our original sense of direction that compelled us to move forward.
It's going to be very tough to get where you are going if you don't know where that is. The end point needs to be articulated with clarity. If that's not the case, you need assistance in regaining a passion and focus for the organization. You've become lazy and lethargic over time and that needs to change.
- We are a tired organization.
A tired organization means a tired leadership. Unless you've just arrived you may need to consider leaving. Either move over and let fresh energy and vision take over, or get in gear and find what's needed to get a tired organization out of bed and into action. Probably everybody has become comfortable with the status-quo and moving them forward will be challenging but it will have to be done.
- We are going backwards.
Backwards isn't good. Wrong direction. If the organization is moving backwards it is probably a reality that people are disengaging. Their heart isn't in it. They aren't being inspired to contribute and keep moving positively forward. Even a pay-check isn't doing it for them. There needs to be some real soul searching in the leadership team and for the organization as a whole.
- We are having problems we can't seem to overcome on our own.
It is true that nothing can drag an organization down like problems, especially those that hang on and don't seem solvable. When that happens, leaders often adopt tunnel vision. They tend to focus on a few closely held 'answers' that never work but make them feel comfortable and it takes a shake-up or someone from the outside to jump start new ways of thinking and approaching old problems.
- We need to make radical changes soon or get out.
This is a 'patient critical' response. It's going to take being bolder sooner to deal with the current reality. Life support isn't going to work. Leadership needs to speak the hard truth and be open to exploring new possibilities that may feel very uncomfortable. Getting through that initial 'emotional' reaction may be the hardest part. Once you get focused in a new direction there can be breakthroughs, momentum and the accumulation of wins that gain everyone's confidence and support.
Organizational Benefits of Coaching a Leader or Executive
Here are 15 ways your organization can benefit from giving your leaders
access to executive leadership coaching.
- You will have a leader who has an outside sounding board to develop new
- Your leader will clear up personal things they are facing, making them
more able to concentrate on the organizational objectives.
- Your leader will grow and develop personally and professionally, more
- Your leader will be able to communicate to the leadership team and staff
- Your organization will benefit from more enhanced team communications
modeled by the leader.
- Your leader will be able to explore their own weaknesses, strengths,
passions and genius in safety, and then build on those strengths and learn how
to manage the weaknesses.
- New vision and direction for the organization is often developed during
- Your leader will be able to better integrate and apply training they
- Your leader will have the safe environment of the confidential coaching
relationship to follow their own agenda. They will attend to their most
- They will see how to better get business results from the people side of
- They will develop better methods of relating to and dealing with staff.
- They will initiate more collaborative and creative partnerships as a
model of management.
- They may develop faster methods to align people with organizational
vision and mission.
- The leader will see their blind spots and be able to attend to them.
- The leader will be a better listener and reach clarity faster.
Gaining the Benefits of Executive Coaching
Organizations that pay attention to the personal
development of their leaders, do better.
Coaching can assist you to step back and see yourself and your situation clearly and know what to do next. These are the benefits of executive coaching .. for you, AND for the organization.
I want to assist you to significantly move forward that important cause, project or program that represents the priorities of the organization and the heartbeat of its leadership.
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