What is executive coaching?
An executive coach specializes in developing a leader to optimize your leadership performance and manage the increased overload and stress more effectively. Executive coaching is a learning approach that creates self-confidence, drives transformative change, and provides critical challenges and support. Our coaching services for managers build a collaborative relationship between the coach and the manager and are tailored to the needs of busy managers. Executive coaching takes place in several sessions, usually 9—12 sessions over 6—9 months.
Executive coaching gives managers the feeling that they have more self-image, determination, and clarity about the following steps to drive change. Often, an executive coach helps the manager understand assessment feedback, create and elaborate a development plan, and address specific business or interpersonal challenges. Executive coaching can be used at any stage of an executive or manager’s career to maximize their impact and performance. Executive coaches can also help these leaders learn how to work better with, guide, and lead their employees.
In one-on-one meetings with executives or executives within an organization (such as a director, vice president, president, or C-suite member), the executive coach provides a secure, structured, and trustworthy environment to support the individual. Finally, executive coaches who are not trained in the dynamics of psychotherapy often take advantage of the powerful influence they have on their clients. At the very least, every manager to receive coaching should undergo a psychological examination. However, McNulty realized that he still had charisma left and decided to pursue a career in executive coaching while studying business administration with a minor in sports psychology.
Executive coaches work closely with leaders to provide and interpret valuable feedback, identify challenges and opportunities, ask thought-provoking questions, act as conversation partners, and facilitate learning. For example, many coaches who work with managers who seem to lack self-confidence use this technique to get them to perform better. To achieve quick results, many popular executive coaches base their interventions on those of sports coaches and use techniques that reject any introspective process that takes time and can lead to “paralysis” through analysis. As management guru Warren Bennis states, “Much of executive coaching is an acceptable form of psychotherapy.
To help their managers best, companies must draw on the expertise of psychotherapists and executive coaches with legitimate skills.