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Unexpected Benefits of Executive Coaching
Executive coaching provides both clear and subtle benefits. In addition to improving decision-making and the ability to inspire, it also boosts leaders’ executive presences, self-confidence, and thought leadership. Leadership coaching is flexible benefits-wise.
Under ideal circumstances, leadership coaching is such a deep and far-reaching intervention that it can trigger personal and professional change on many levels, some entirely unexpected.
As a leadership coach, I aim to drive clients inward toward their inner cores. Once we effect change on leadership competencies like self-awareness, self-concept, and elements of character, we kickstart complex processes of transformation that trigger visible changes in outer-core competencies and skills.
As a leadership coaching professional, I can predict many of the changes we’ll trigger through this exercise. Since they have such deep origins, however, these changes can have unpredictable effects that exceed the scope of a client’s leadership.
Leadership coaching is a deep and far-reaching intervention.
People often take the results they get from leadership coaching and run with them. They adapt them to their personal lives and look to reap similar benefits. In many ways, it’s a solid approach.
Carrying Over the Lessons of Executive Coaching
However, leadership coaching helps leaders become better versions of themselves by developing new ways to manage change, resolve conflicts, and plan for the future. Every one of these skills translates well to one’s personal life. There’s much to gain by becoming better managers of change and conflict, and learning how to plan carries significant advantages as well.
Why would a leader not take advantage of professional success to spur personal growth?
Self-awareness works both professionally and personally. Self-aware leaders can discover biases and stress triggers that affect the decisions they make in their personal lives.
Defeating Leadership Isolation
As leaders climb the corporate ranks, they meet unexpected headwinds in the form of increasing isolation. As their responsibilities multiply and grow in scope, leaders find that fewer people can relate to their problems.
Growing isolation can be a significant source of leadership stress. Executive coaching can address this issue. Coaching, whether it’s leadership or business oriented, relies on relationships between coaches and clients. In my view, leadership coaching is akin to undertaking a journey with a travel companion who asks the right questions to encourage discovery and self-realization.
From the perspective of an experienced leadership coach, it’s unsurprising that leadership coaching mitigates a client’s feelings of loneliness and isolation. Coaches aren’t just peer companions of leaders; they offer support based on solid experiences and expertise.
Improving Executive Presence
“Executive presence is clarity of vision and values, conviction, and confidence.” – Clara Conti.
Leadership coaching improves many leadership skills. Among them are those that elevate one’s leadership presence.
The gist of leadership is to influence others. The foremost tool of leadership influence is communication. Leadership coaching and business coaching both value and focus on communication.
By improving clients’ communication influencing abilities, coaches improve their executive presences.
Leadership coaching doesn’t tell leaders what to do or how to lead organizations. Instead, coaches help clients discover and analyze available options and define paths for themselves. Coaching empowers leaders to make informed choices that facilitate their leadership success and the success of their organizations.
Confidence and fortitude are important predictors of success.
Empowered leaders learn to rely on themselves and develop techniques of self-help which they can add to their reservoirs of positive leadership references. Being self-reliant and empowered endows leaders with sustainable self-confidence.
Boosting One’s Branding and Online Presence
Creating a strong personal brand becomes important as one’s career progresses. However, as they climb the corporate ranks, leaders may find they have less time to dedicate to marketing themselves and their thought leadership.
Executive coaching can help leaders create strategies to develop their brands and online presences. With its many hidden benefits, leadership coaching is the gift that keeps giving. More importantly, the gift of coaching is flexible and allows recipients to shape it into what they want and need most.