Why Executive Coaching is Crucial for Leaders
If you’ve spent any amount of time in a leadership position (or you’re fast approaching that role), you’ve probably heard of executive coaching before. In fact, some of your colleagues might already be investing in executive coaching — programs through which they learn more about how to succeed as professionals.
But what exactly is executive coaching, and why is it so critical for succeeding in your career? Let’s look at the value of executive coaching through the lens of what it is and isn’t — as well as why it may or may not be right for you.
What is executive coaching?
While executive coaching is growing increasingly common in professional circles, there are still misconceptions about what the process entails. Unlike other forms of coaching or mentorship, executive coaching does not involve:
- Therapy, counseling or consulting
- Mandating, telling, teaching or advising
- Fixing mistakes
- Solving past issues or traumas
Instead, executive coaching is far more concerned with:
- Creating and working toward goals
- Identifying opportunities
- Fostering learning environments
- Holding oneself accountable
- Swapping limiting beliefs with beneficial ones
- Creating a space for feedback
In short, executive coaching helps professionals improve their performance by allowing them to develop new beliefs, ideas, thoughts and actions that push them toward their goals. Executive coaching is most beneficial for participants who are already high-achieving, highly motivated and highly skilled.
Why is executive coaching important?
Executive coaching is important not only because it helps leaders reach their goals with ease and speed, but also because it provides long-term, lasting change for people who are highly motivated. If you have previously been a high-achieving, successful individual but you feel yourself reaching a limit — either internal or external — executive coaching can help.
Executive coaching is specifically important for those in leadership positions because it provides the kind of feedback leaders might not otherwise receive. Many times people have trouble telling those in leadership positions when they are moving in the wrong direction — this creates an echo chamber where a leader isn’t pushed to grow, expand or achieve because the people around them allow them to be comfortable.
An executive coach will help change that: by continuously examining their clients’ thoughts, beliefs and actions, those who undergo executive coaching will receive specific, frequent and custom-tailored feedback about their progress.
Best executive coaching programs
There are countless versions of executive coaching programs to choose from. The best executive coaching programs combine a mixture of personalized, intimate conversations between you and your coach while simultaneously providing you with the time and resources needed to make progress on goals and desires.
Frame of Mind Coaching™ offers a rigorous executive coaching process that takes into account the ambitions and perspectives of high-achieving professionals while simultaneously pushing them to rethink and re-prioritize their goals. The Frame of Mind Coaching™ process lasts ten weeks, and during that time coach-ees will receive ten calls — one each week — from their coach. The entire process will be supplemented with 70 days of interactive journaling with your specifically selected executive coach, meaning you will have access to your coach every single day throughout your coaching journey.
The frequency and duration of contact during an executive coaching program is extremely important so that your coach can understand you, your thought patterns, your leadership style and your blind spots. By maintaining daily contact with your executive coach, you’ll be able to form a coaching relationship that is unique, free, open, non-judgmental and transparent. Through this connection, you will start seeing results and discovering new things about yourself that you had previously never known.
If this kind of executive coaching sounds beneficial to you, it might be worth booking a call with us. If you’re interested in taking your career to the next level, try exploring executive coaching now.