Is Coaching Right For Me?
Hire a Coach Series – Part 1 of 3
In today’s business environment, executives and senior leaders manage increasingly broad and challenging portfolios.
The demands placed on you are high, change is rapid, and there is an increasing requirement to influence and energize the organization and its employees.
The truth is that leadership can be lonely! It’s difficult to know where you can go for honest and objective feedback or to have truly confidential conversations.
Executive coaching can help you to
• Improve leadership skills
• Increase self-confidence
• Manage career and advancement
• Enhance interpersonal communication and relationships
• Improve focus and time management
• Gain traction in a new role or team more quickly
• Achieve more work-life balance
Professional coaching focuses on setting goals, creating outcomes and managing personal change
But how do you know if coaching is right for you?
Here are five considerations to help guide your decision:
1. What do you want to gain from coaching?
Can you imagine an improved state that you want to achieve in the future? If you can, a coaching partnership can help you develop a strategy and reach your goal with more focus and greater ease.
2. Do you have a powerful desire to learn and grow?
Coaching is focused solely on your development, and on helping you to move forward intentionally. You direct the agenda, which allows benefits from coaching alone or to enhance leader-provided coaching that is normally more focused on specific deliverables.
3. Are you willing to look at your own perspectives and behaviours?
There is no getting around it, coaching is all about you. Whether you want to be more effective while leading meetings, or deal more effectively with a difficult colleague, the focus will be on what you can change.
4. Do you benefit from working in a collaborative relationship?
Coaching is a partnership where the client and coach work together to help the client achieve their goals by gaining new perspectives, approaches and ideas.
5. Are you looking for a more holistic approach?
As much as we may want to, it is nearly impossible to separate the person at work from the person outside of work. Although most executive coaches aren’t hired to deal with personal matters, most have ended up supporting a client in dealing with work-adjacent personal situations. If you want to work on something that appears in more than one area of your life, coaching can help.
Professional coaching focuses on setting goals, creating outcomes and managing personal change. If you feel that coaching would benefit you, consider if now is the time for you to work with a coach.
Still not sure?
It may help to compare coaching to other support professionals.
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- The Truth About Interruptions (and how to reduce their impact) - September 6, 2019
- How To Focus On What Really Matters To Your Business - September 5, 2019
- 30 Things to Discuss with Your Coach - January 18, 2018
- How Is Coaching Different? - January 15, 2018
- Is Coaching Right For Me? - January 14, 2018
- Am I Ready For Executive Coaching? - January 13, 2018
- How To Choose An Executive Coach - January 12, 2018