Executive Leadership Coaching
Leadership coaching is one of the primary focus areas for executive coaching because it’s such a fundamental part of an executive’s job and performance.
In it’s broadest sense, leadership is about creating a compelling vision and communicating that vision effectively in order to enlist the support and aid of others in the realization of that vision.
Coaching can help executives improve their skills in each of those key components of leadership, in addition to working on confidence, charisma, better thinking and decision making, and building the relationships that are the cornerstone of effective leadership.
Executive leadership coaching is typically focused on top-level leaders, like presidents, CEOs, COOs, senior executives, superintendents and other senior level leaders. The coaching itself needs to be customized to each individual’s needs, focus and situation.
Leadership coaching can be a perfect supplement to training programs because it’s customized based on what the client needs right now to overcome challenges and move forward.
Executive Leadership Coaching Process
The coaching process is customized to each individual client’s needs, but typically includes:
- Assessing your leadership skills (both strengths and weaknesses)
- Clarifying your leadership needs, goals and aspirations
- Setting clear, compelling goals that are challenging but realistic
- Creating a custom strategic plan or blueprint
- Discovering and practicing new leadership skills
- Resolving obstacles and roadblocks that emerge along the way
- Work on specific challenges, situations, decisions or events as needed
Developing Leadership Skills
An important aspect of leadership coaching is developing and practicing the necessary leadership skills to become the best leader you can be. The process starts with a leadership skills assessment that will help your executive coach determine your strengths and areas for growth.
For engineers and technology professionals, leadership skills are valuable for project management success; an engineering management degree provides information on how to effectively lead projects.
For other corporate professionals, a master’s degree or an MBA may be valuable as well to develop better leadership skills.
Some of the key skill areas you’ll focus on (whether you are doing this yourself or through a degree program) include:
- Awareness and active listening skills – A critical aspect of effective leadership is understanding and being aware of what is happening in your organization. Your ability to listen is critical in building this awareness.
- Empowering others – Great leaders empower others to perform at their best instead of trying to do everything themselves. The idea of a “servant leader” who removes roadblocks and allows others to execute effectively is becoming more popular.
- Emotional Intelligence – Emotional intelligence (both interpersonal and intrapersonal) are critical for effective leadership. This is a key component that many leaders ignore.