What is Executive Coaching?

Ashka Wirk

People often use the terms ‘coaching’ and ‘executive coaching’ interchangeably for two distinct services. Executive coaching is different from other forms of coaching; it is focused on the needs of the leader and the needs of the organization, rather than a singular focus on the leader. 

Here is more about what Executive Coaching is….

Executive coaching is highly individualized and is a three-way partnership between the executive, executive coach, and the organization. The leader’s goals must always link back and tie into the organization’s strategic and organizational objectives. It is a partnership, after all.

Executive coaching can take several forms.  For example, career, performance, new-assignment coaching, competency development, team, and succession coaching. 

Typically, an executive coaching session will include a balance of:         

  • Immediate tactical problem solving:  Day-to-day issues and challenges where a coach can be an effective sounding board to work through issues and develop a course of action:
  • Leadership development, capacity building, and new ways of thinking – often by focusing on developing leadership competencies as set out by the coachee’s organization.  Performance reviews, and other assessment tools aid in bringing to light areas of opportunity for growth:
  • Self-reflection habits – to promote growth and independence from a coach.  These habits are modeled during coaching sessions and are transferable.

Effective executive coaching relationships are built on clearly defined goals, mutual trust, and respect between the three parties in the coaching relationship.  A coaching partnership, ideally, laid out in writing, identifies the three parties in the relationship, the ground rules, confidentiality terms, timeframes, specific goals and success measures – with a focus on leveraging the leader’s strengths and building key competencies that develop the individual’s leadership capacity.

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