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Executive Coach

Have you ever felt that you were plateauing in your corporate career? Do you have high potential leaders that just need a little more growth before they are ready to be promoted? Then you might want to consider an Executive Coach. 

Executive coaches (sometimes called Leadership  coaches) are increasingly considered an essential part of professional development for both corporate teams and individuals. 

What does an Executive Coach do?

An executive coach works with business leaders, executives, and managers to help them develop higher level skills and enhance their performance in the workplace. Executive coaching typically involves a one-on-one relationship between the coach and the executive. Executive coaches are often engaged to help leaders with a great deal of potential reach the next level of their development to ensure they are ready for a  promotion opportunity. The objective is to help associates advance their careers!

What skills does an Executive Coach need?

Being an effective executive coach requires a combination of skills encompassing both interpersonal abilities and business expertise. Here are some key skills for an executive coach:

  1. Active Listening: The ability to listen attentively and empathetically to understand the client’s concerns, challenges, and goals without judgment.
  2. Communication Skills: Clear and concise communication skills are crucial for conveying feedback, asking probing questions, and facilitating meaningful conversations.
  3. Business Acumen: Understanding organizational dynamics, industry trends, and business challenges to provide context-specific guidance aligned with the client’s professional environment.
  4. Goal Setting and Action Planning: Assisting clients in setting SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) goals and developing actionable plans to achieve them.  At some point the coach can serve as an accountability source for the associate (client).
  5. Conflict Resolution and Negotiation: Helping clients navigate conflicts, manage difficult conversations, and negotiate effectively in professional settings.
  6. Feedback and Feedforward Skills: Providing constructive feedback on strengths and areas for improvement, as well as suggesting actionable strategies for development (feedforward).
  7. Self-Awareness and Self-Regulation: Continuously reflecting on one’s own biases, values, and triggers to maintain neutrality, authenticity, and professionalism.
  8. Empathy and Emotional Intelligence: Understanding and empathizing with the client’s emotions, perspectives, and experiences while remaining emotionally detached to provide objective guidance.
  9. Cultural Competence and Diversity Awareness: Sensitivity to cultural differences, diverse perspectives, and inclusion issues to ensure coaching effectiveness across various backgrounds.
  10. Trust and Confidentiality: Building and maintaining trust with clients through confidentiality, integrity, and ethical conduct.
  11. Coaching Models and Techniques: Mastery of various coaching methodologies, tools, and techniques tailored to the client’s needs and preferences.

What Software does an executive coach need to know how to use?

  • Video conferencing software such as Zoom or Teams. 
  • Scheduling tools such as Calendly. 
  • Specialized coaching platforms such as CoachAccountable or Coaching.com. 
  • Assessment tools such as DiSC or 360-degree feedback tools. 
  • Invoicing software. 
  • Notetaking software such as OneNote. 
  • Feedback and survey tools such as SurveyMonkey. 

How do I find an Executive Coach?

Do you have high potential leaders that need coaching to move to the next level in your organization? Are you developing a leadership program that needs to incorporate one-on-one coaching? Let our practitioner Relationship Managers find the best coach for your company’s needs.  

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