The Benefits of Executive Coaching Explained

March 14, 2023

Helen Caton-Hughes

Strategic Leadership & Coaching Manager
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Many leaders and managers receive development about desired behaviours and most will understand and agree with their underlying purpose. The challenge comes in actual sustainable behaviour change. Positive behaviour change does not come naturally. It will vary according to a person’s motivation, commitment or level of self-awareness.

Coaching supports an executive to both try out higher-level behaviours and to embed those behaviours in their everyday world. One key success factor in executive coaching is the leadership conversation model – this not only sets out the leader’s vision and reminds them what is important about that vision, but provides feedback and support in its delivery.

Executive coaching conversations are focused on making those ideas, that vision or goal a reality. At the same time, leadership coaching will support the review of what actually happened, create a safe space to explore what didn’t work as well as what did, such that insights and learning evolve as a result.

Coaching topics might also include issues such as change, or people management, collaboration and communication issues, embedding new technologies, creating new processes and more. So a conversation may be wide ranging.

In addition, some strategic objectives can’t take place only at the individual executive, team, or departmental level. Some factors, identified in coaching, may need addressing at the strategic level – e.g. culture, contracts, legal requirements. Executive coaching can help identify and distinguish between the operational and strategic. Such change requires a level of ‘upward management’ collaboration and input at those levels to support the wider success. Leadership coaching can help the executive explore how such issues might be addressed.

In conclusion, as well as introducing new systems, embedding higher-performance behaviours and supporting a learning culture, executive coaching delivers meaningful results for the individual, the team and the organisation.


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