Executive coaching is fueling the trajectories of many top-tier executives’ careers and most companies’ trajectories. But how exactly can executive coaching benefit you?
Briefly put, executive coaches will help you gain self-awareness, clarify your goals, achieve your development objectives, and unlock your potential. A great executive coach will assist you to achieve your professional objectives in a way that impacts your team, and the business, in a transformative way.
The benefits of executive coaching are multifaceted. As Bob Nardelli, former CEO of Home Depot, once remarked, "I absolutely believe that people, unless coached, never reach their maximum capabilities." That makes sense. After all, athletes, actors, and singers have coaches. Top performing executive coaches have multi-faced backgrounds in leadership positions themselves, in psychology, and in their clients’ industries, so effective executive coaching results in dramatically improved business effectiveness, both for the individual leader and for the organization.
Let’s take a closer look at the great benefits leaders achieve through executive coaching:
1. Increased awareness
Humans are creatures of habit. We have firmly ingrained habits, behaviors, and tendencies. Leaders' habits can cloud their judgment and cause them to adopt biased views of themselves and the world around them. An executive coach is able to help leaders distinguish between reality and perception. When was the last time you received honest, insightful, specific, constructive feedback about yourself, about your strengths and weaknesses?
2. Rapid career advancement
Goal setting is imperative to a leader’s career advancement. Far too often, leaders fail to set meaningful goals that will give rise to advancement opportunities. Executive coaches are well versed in the science of goal setting and pathways to achieve goals, and are able to help leaders set and reach inspiring and realistic goals. More specifically, executive coaches are uniquely positioned to help executives establish self-concordant goals that are personally meaningful, fulfill their intrinsic values, and align with their authentic self.
The monitoring of an executive coach is especially valuable in helping executives remain
on track in attaining their goals and advancing in their career.
3. Improved results and organizational shifts
One of the most dramatic benefits of executive coaching is the potential to achieve measurable results that lead to organizational shifts. Executive coaches help leaders transition from the distraction of constant firefighting to a culture of creating sustainable
and repeatable processes. There is a domino effect, whereby executive coaching positively impacts the executive, their direct reports, and the teams who report into them. Ultimately, the changes can impact hundreds or thousands of people, including customers, vendors, and partners.
4. Modeling effective leadership at the top
Leaders’ actions drive organizational change. When leaders solicit executive coaches to help them develop their capabilities, they send a powerful message. They demonstrate that they value constant and ongoing learning, and are willing to embrace change. In doing so, leaders establish a strong culture that embraces development, learning, and growth. A more skilled workforce is a treasure, and the key to continued success.
There's a reason that top leaders such as HP's Meg Whitman, Google's Eric Schmidt, and Intuit CEO Steve Bennet all rely on executive coaching. The results of executive coaching catapult an executive and an organization forward. It’s well worth the effort to investigate how executive coaching can transform you and your organization and set both on powerful growth trajectories.
Nadine Greiner, Ph.D. provides Executive Coaching and Human Resources solutions. Her mission is to make the executive experience exceptionally enjoyable and effective. She believes that the world needs great leaders, and has dedicated her career to helping them.
As an organization psychologist and former corporate CEO, Dr. Nadine understands the pressures and demands executives face. She offers her clients the high expertise that only comes with three decades of consulting success, and a dual Ph.D. in Organization Development and Clinical Psychology. Dr. Nadine is an in-demand speaker, teaches in doctoral programs, and coaches other consultants. She is the author of two books: ‘The Art of Executive Coaching: Secrets to Unlock Leadership Performance’, and of ‘Stress-less Leadership: How to Lead in Business and in Life’. amazon.com/author/nadinegreiner
Contact Information: Feel free to email Dr. Nadine San Francisco Executive Coaching at