I love executive coaching. I love getting to meet ambitious leaders, hear about their dreams and their goals, and help them craft the best battle plan for achieving even their loftiest visions. What’s more, I really believe in executive coaching; I have seen it yield real benefits for countless clients. Indeed, many of the benefits of executive coaching are pretty well-documented, but there are some that may surprise you. That’s what I want to talk about today.
Benefits of Executive Coaching
When you work with an executive coach, you probably expect to develop a better sense of your own strengths and weaknesses. That much isn’t really a surprise. With that said, I think a lot of executives and executives-in-training will be surprised by how much better acquainted they become with their own emotional life.
For example, one thing you’ll learn in executive coaching is what kinds of people and scenarios “trigger” you into stress or anger—and thus, how do deal with those triggers effectively. That’s powerful!
When you have a more intimate understanding of your own emotional life, it allows you to empathize more acutely. You’re not suddenly going to start agreeing with everyone around you, and there may still be people who rub you the wrong way.
By better understanding where other people are coming from, you’ll be in a better position to compromise, communicate, and work together.
Greater cognitive ability
It’s easy for any of us to fall into a rut, and to approach our work from a narrow or rigid place. An executive coach can show you new ways of solving problems and innovating new ideas.
An executive coach can open new parts of your brain you didn’t even know you had and facilitate real improvements to your cognitive functioning!
What motivates you? The answer may not be as obvious as you think. We’re all motivated by different things, and it’s seldom as clean or as uncomplicated as “making money” or “getting promoted.”
Understanding your motivation on a deeper level helps you to set smarter goals, and to become more effective at self-motivation—an invaluable skill!
You may consider yourself to be a friendly, outgoing, or extroverted person. Frankly, that’s not the same thing as
having social skills. Tact, diplomacy, motivation, persuasion, and conflict management.
These are all skills that you can master in executive coaching, and they can really be beneficial to you as you lead your team.
If you’re an introvert, your executive coach can show you how you can harness even those introvert qualities and use them to your advantage in the workplace.
Pulling it all together
Everything I’ve talked about so far can be an asset to you as you lead your team. Whether that’s empathy or motivation or improved creative thinking.
And yet, these ingredients on their own don’t make for real leadership. The key is knowing how to synthesize them. Bringing them together in such a way that makes you a truly inspiring and transformational figure.
Great coaches hunger for success—not their own success, but the success of their players, their team. And that’s not only true in the world of sports, but in business, too. When you hire an executive coach, you’re hiring someone who’s going to actively root for you to succeed, and provide you with all the tools you need to flourish. It’s literally their job!
But how exactly can a coach help you achieve higher levels of success? Here are just a few of the ways.
How Coaches Bring Greater Success
Your coach will help you see yourself more clearly. We don’t always see ourselves the way that others do; we may not have a fair assessment of our own strengths, or a sufficient understanding of our own weaknesses. A coach can gather information from your colleagues and team members and help you see yourself in a different light—identifying the strengths you need to focus on, and the areas of improvement for you to pursue.
Your coach will change the way you see others, too. Are you good at finding the strengths in your team members—including the hidden or latent ones? And are you adept at understanding how your team members are best motivated? An executive coach will provide you with the skills you need to better understand the people around you, leading to better relationships with your team.
Your coach will show you how to build better relationships. Once you better understand yourself and the people around you, you’ll be poised to build truly meaningful and positive relationships—with superiors, with team members, with customers, and with peers. Relationship-building is a key to success in any field, but it’s something that requires commitment and skill—both of which your coach can help you with.
Your coach will help you achieve your personal and professional goals. This is really the bottom line, and it’s worth some emphasis: You’re the one who sets the agenda, and you’re the one who decides what “success” really means. Your coach is there to help you work toward achieving your goals—no matter what they may be.
Learn More About Executive Coaching With The Solutions Oriented Leader
Even with all that said, we’ve really just scratched the surface of what makes executive coaching so rewarding.
Learn more about why you should pursue work with a coach. I invite you to reach out to me for a one-on-one chat.
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