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World-class athletes have all the skills, competitiveness and motivation, but still utilize a coach to keep them focused and excelling. Senior business leaders and Professionals are no different. There is a common misconception that leaders who have reached the peak of their careers no longer need coaching or any other form of personal development. This is at best, a fallacy, which can be harmful in many ways.
In reality, there are limited opportunities for personal – even professional growth for individuals at this level. The biggest drawback of being in such a senior position can be isolation from honest, objective feedback.
Here are twelve reasons individuals chose to work with a business or executive coach to transform their work and lives.
- Overreaching need and willingness to change and grow on a professional and personal level, and do so in a shorter period of time.
- Become more aware and attuned to their behaviors and skills.
- Achieve personal mastery: As it is not humanly possible for one person to be adept at a myriad of issues (finances, technology, management, team and leadership, human resources, etc…) help these individuals recognize what they excel at and what can be passed onto the team – leading to better results.
- View mistakes in a positive light, to learn and grow from them to enhance performance.
- Through self-reflection, review and learn from personal experiences.
- Identify their blind spots – recognize and overcome internal hindrances to achieving goals. Coaches can shine the mirror on these areas so they are not only able to recognize and gain an awareness of the problem, but also take the necessary steps to eliminate the same.
- Balance the demands of task orientation with while keeping up a people focus to balance the two.
- Help leaders constantly sharpen the saw to maintain competitiveness – effectively recognize and select key learning goals and objectives.
- Assist the individual to identify, appreciate and employ the assets, which exist within the organization to obtain strategic objectives.
- Help them maintain a healthy work-life balance in today’s highly competitive and stressful environment.
- Encourage sharing coaching tools with colleagues and others within the organization. The coaching process expands a person’s horizons by opening him up to new perspectives, ideas, tools and ways of thinking.
- Help individuals develop a career and life game plan to position them for success as their coach helps them devise a strategic game plan for their careers.
In addition, the coach can provide:
- Independent, neutral and objective viewpoint.
- New viewpoint and ability to see the problem with a fresh pair of eyes.
- Broad knowledge and experience.
- Proven tools and a methodical approach to success.
- Assistance in weighing opportunities against potential risks and rewards
While the benefits of coaching are as wide ranging as the individuals involved, coaching positively impacts client’s careers as well as their lives by helping them to:
Establish and take action towards achieving goals
Become more self-reliant
Gain more job and life satisfaction
Contribute more effectively to the team and the organization
Take greater responsibility and accountability for actions and commitments
Work more easily and productively with others (boss, direct reports, peers)
Communicate more effectively
From an organization standpoint, several benefits also accrue:
Employee Retention – Studies prove that the number one reason people stay with or leave organizations is the quality of the relationships they have with their boss. Coaching lays the foundation for improving the relationship between managers and the people they support and depend on.
Leadership Bench Strength – Coaching provides a process for helping leaders deliver on their best intentions, creates an environment in which leaders can discuss and practice new skills and behaviors, assists leaders in understanding how to leverage and practice their unique gifts.
Productivity – Coaching breeds passion and accountability: passion because the more people are recognized for their true talents, the more confident, committed, and competent they become; accountability because coaching asks people what stake they hold in the success or failure of any given project or task that requires their contribution.
Organizational Alignment – Coaching helps people understand how personal success is linked to organizational success. Coaching compels people to focus on purposeful action, but only because they understand who they are, where they are going, and how their contribution impacts the company.
Communication – Coaching is a means of gaining clarity and focus on organizational objectives as they relate to the manager being coached and taking action (moving forward). It supports and encourages healthy communication in all relationships. The specific communication skills that are addressed are listening to learn, asking questions to gain clarity and resolve ambiguity, testing for truth rather than making assumptions, and endorsing others for a job well done.
Morale – Coaching provides a safe place to talk about their challenges and opportunities in a confidential environment. Especially during times of change, it allows individuals to openly share their concerns and gain a different, objective perspective to bring back into the workplace.
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