What is Executive Coaching?
Who should undergo Executive Coaching?
Why should a person enroll for and get nominated for it?
How can I find an Executive coach who will help me achieve my goals?
How will it benefit me?
All these questions and more could be clamouring your brain!
Benjamin Franklin succinctly describes the difference between Coaching and other forms of self-improvement-“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn”
Before we enter the realm of Executive Coaching, let us first understand what coaching means. Coaching as a process refers to a meaningful conversation between a coach and a coachee. It revolves around issues that matter most to the coachee. The #International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
Executive coaching India is also sometimes referred to as business coaching or leadership coaching with slight differences in their meaning. Technically, a business coach helps to grow a company and/or solve a business-related obstacle while an executive/leadership coach delves deeper into the human personality and facilitates achieving personal aspirations, eventually leading to achieving broader goals.
During a coaching intervention, the coach along with the coachee identifies and explores areas where the coachee wants to make a change. The coach exhibits a holistic approach to the person being coached-who they are what matters to them and what are their aspirations. The coach enables the coachee to identify the challenges which need to be overcome to get to where he or she wants to go and the reason for the existence of these challenges and then they brainstorm on the possible solutions.
The coach enables the coachee to devise a plan of action in which the accountability and ownership of change rest with the coachee. The way to achieve this and the desired outcome is decided by the coachee. This is the basic process of coaching irrespective of the context of coaching.
Everyone needs a sounding board, someone to share their worst fears and innermost feelings so who better than a coach? – a neutral party who is willing to listen without being judgmental! There are many types of coaching areas that are available – Life Coaching, Career Coaching, Business Coaching, Graphic coaching, NLP coaching, and Cross-cultural coaching, all catering to the different needs of individuals.
Coaching when applied to people who work in corporations and where the coaching context is about their role and their job, it becomes Executive Coaching. It is a powerful way to equip leaders to meet the organization’s current and future challenges. While the coaching areas encompass transition to a leadership role, succession planning process, enhancing current performance, team management, building capabilities for future roles, etc. coaching invariably transforms the person who dons the corporate mantle. It touches the person behind the role and affects their motivations, their values, and what really matters to them. Therefore, Executive Coaching is both for outer transformation and inner transformation.
I would like to share a case study where Vivek Yatnalkar, an Executive Coach from COACHMANTRATM helped a coachee manage pressure at work. Let’s read how he did it!
In Vivek’s words “As the COO of a manufacturing company my coachee was reeling under the burden of targets and tough customer deliverables. Unable to handle the pressure himself, he was passing it down to his direct reportees. This clearly caused a great deal of insecurity and unhappiness within his team.
Remember, the answers are all within us, and as a coach, I needed to use intelligent questioning to draw this out of my coachee. Through persistent questioning and reflection, my coachee realized that his emotional intelligence was getting disturbed in these stressful situations. First, acknowledging the fact that he did not have to pass on all his feelings to his reporters, eased his stress a bit. Then creating a strategy for himself where he took time to sift and filter what information needs to be percolated to his team, using appropriate words and emotions, he was able to come across as a better person.
Practicing his new way of working with his team, the coachee shared that in the last 3 months, not once did he raise his voice or lose his emotional balance under pressure. When I took feedback from his team, they were happy that their team leader was able to maintain his composure and they were working better than ever!”
If you are looking for a leadership coach in India, you need to experience executive coaching with Coach Mantra to know the difference! In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt-“For our own success to be real, it must contribute to the success of others.”