The Christian executive leadership coaching clients I serve, carry major responsibilities
They own, lead or manage general-market and faith-based organizations and initiatives.
The Majority of My Clients Approach Their Work from a Christian Viewpoint - At any given time, 85 - 90% of my clients are Christian leaders and executives who want to work with a mature Christian executive coach who can understand where they are coming from, the stresses they are under, and what they want to achieve. I can.
Leaders and Executives Across Many Sectors - To see a short list of positions I've coached, and some of the organizations in which I've served individual professionals, click here.
Our Reference Point - We may not talk about spiritual things each and every time we are together. This is a not a Bible study or a discipleship program. But, we always have that Christ-centered reference point in mind no matter what we coach around.
Work, Professional, and Leadership Issues - Often in the course of conversation a reference to a Biblical character, account or passage will come up. These reflections can give us fresh insight or perspective on the situation at hand. They can help us think about how we might handle some particular situation.
How We Talk about Work Life Balance - For most of my clients, work-life balance is incredibly important. God doesn't burn leaders out, so what's going on? Burnout happens for different reasons. I assure you, your availability and vitality for the long term IS of vital interest to God. And to me.
We Discuss Anything that is Important to You - I discuss and coach around almost anything to do with work, leadership, and life. It seems there isn't much I haven't heard or been talking about with clients who follow Christ.
Christians experience the same "stuff" as everyone else. But we process it through the lens of a relationship with God. For example: Most of my Christian clients once shared a few of the same 10 reasons for avoiding action, as any other client. We discussed those things through a lens of shared faith.
What I Don't Discuss - I will NOT cater my coaching to any type of extremism or hyper-political partisanship in a leader. If you wish "coaching" around any such views, I am not the right person for you.
I Bring Years of Coaching Leadership Experience -
I help clients see themselves and their situation clearly and know what to do next.
No week's coaching is ever the same.
Here’s what my clients brought to the table for discussion during two different weeks of coaching:
WEEK # 1
You can see that the coaching conversations covered a lot of ground. Most often clients limit the actual coaching call to one topic, sometimes two. All of the above were separate Christian executive leadership coaching clients.
I am often used as a sounding board for thinking through complex situations prior to the client having broader discussion with other leaders or board members.
WEEK # 2
Please initiate a conversation with me. We can explore in what way you think I might be able to be of assistance to YOU. It would be an honor to speak with you. Send me a message here.
I understand how to coach to the rigors of everyday leadership and the long-term aspirations of the individual.
During our coaching time we'll probably have four types of discussion. I've included some examples from the two sample weeks of coaching for each.
1. Real-Time Situations and Concerns - Planning, troubleshooting, decision-making, interpersonal situations that you are dealing with today or this week.
2. Growth Goals that Take More Time - Dealing with overload, burnout or burn-on, Increasing daily productivity and effectiveness, changing possible career limiting behaviours. You can't simply snap your fingers, and ... bingo, got that solved in an hour.
3. Stretch Discussions Around Common Challenges - Avoiding responsibility, micromanaging, lack of awareness, poor communication culture, team dynamics.
Some things require longer, often exhilarating but challenging conversation that gets to the heart of blind spots or tightly held behaviors, or persistent and disturbing organizational cultures. These are the "you really pushed me and made me think," conversations. (More like we really challenged each other to deeper observation and reflection.)
4. Long-game - Business expansion nationally or globally, establishing a new company or ministry, having 100% of a key staffing area developed and promoted from within, fostering multinational action on some important initiative.
These initiatives span months or years. (Yes, clients stay on that long.) Execution and adjustment continues over time. On coaching calls the initiative comes up again and again as we explore some next step or new phase.
Hundreds of executives and leaders have taken advantage of one-to-one Christian executive leadership coaching to advance projects and programs with greater focus and less stress, even while they were decreasing those things that lead to overload and burnout.
If you are looking for a seasoned, Christian Leadership Coach, Phone my office at 705.687.2711 or send a message on the contact form.
We as a society need your contribution to continue from a position of strength.
I've put a special emphasis on coaching for avoiding burnout, and dealing with burnout, for over 25 years. I've supported a lot of executives on the edge of burnout. I've also seen "coaching" for avoiding burnout become what I perceive to be a fad. But, I've been here and supporting executives all along, sometimes after they've had a poor experience elsewhere.
You understand that I am not a physician, therapist, or a researcher. I am an executive coach, a seasoned Christian who has depth of experience and knows how to provide understanding, professional, and live (not something AI generated,) coaching SUPPORT.
I work with YOU, YOUR situation and YOUR context, so you can beat burnout and regain effectiveness. Sometimes I put it this way, "I help you see yourself and your situation clearly, and know what to do next."
Bottom line - We need YOU. I'd welcome the opportunity to be of help.
Here's some real time encouragement. If you are having a rough time right now with the intensity of your situation, try reading these encouraging words of Scripture. Remember, David "strengthened himself in the Lord."
Through our one-to-one Christian executive leadership coaching work you can:
After 25 years of Christian executive leadership coaching, two things are apparent to me.
When that happens with the men and women I serve, they work with greater clarity, less stress, increased momentum, more satisfaction, and often better results. That’s it. Good coaching, by God's enabling, results in better leadership.
No matter your company or organization, secular or Christian, our work together will have practical application that lasts a lifetime across all of your life, work and leadership. That's the goal and the prayer.
I welcome the opportunity to assist you, or coach a member of your leadership team. Contact me to explore how I might be of assistance and how soon an opening might be available.
Don't hesitate. Contact me now. There is no charge for a conversation to explore your situation and see how I might be able to be of some assistance.
Christian Executive Leadership Coaching with Gary Wood.