Many times, clients come to me already knowing what they want out of the coaching relationship. Other times, they ask what can an Executive Coach do for me? I saw a recent Forbes.com article that summed it up well, it’s a great read if you have the time.
If not, here is my version of the answer of what I offer my clients:
- Know thyself. The most effective leaders are aware of their strengths and weaknesses, and are able to step back and see not just your intentions, but your effect. A bigger picture of your abilities and your role can lead to significant improvements.
- Learn to think upward. Being a highly effective employee requires different skills than being a highly effective leader. Learn to look upward for the skills you’ll need at each next level, and learn how to acquire them.
- Apply that knowledge. Once you see yourself, skills, and goals with clear vision, it’s easier to see others with the same thoughtful, logical gaze. This allows you to encourage strengths and identify areas for improvement in each team member, and in the team itself.
- Learn to manage your own career. No one else will ever be as motivated or as knowledgeable about your goals and dreams as you are, so there’s no one better to manage your rise to the top! From skill-building to compensation, a good Executive Coach can guide you to significant growth.
- Network like a boss. Learn to grow your network garden, maintain it, prune it, and gather together the people who can help launch you to the next level. And use your executive MBA alumni directory when looking for mentors!
- You’ll never get too important or too powerful for your Executive Coach to tell you exactly where you need improvement. From your resume to your skills, from your goals to your motivation, a good Coach will tell you exactly what they see and offer a great opportunity to consult with someone who is only concerned with your best interest.
In short, working with an Executive Coach can be hard work, uncomfortably honest, and the best thing you’ve ever done for your career!