Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google, has said that, “EVERYBODY needs a coach!”
Why would a successful executive need a coach?
A leader needs a coach for the same reasons that successful and aspiring athletes need coaches. A good coach is trained in the skills and behaviors that lead to optimal performance and is able to provide clear feedback and guidance to individuals about their vital role in optimal team achievement.
Recent literature indicates that both the individual and the organization benefit from coaching.
An individual’s benefits from executive coaching may include enhanced problem solving skills, better relationships, improved managerial and interpersonal skills, greater confidence, resilience in an environment of change, improved work-life balance and reduced stress.
The organization benefits, too. The company may see improved productivity, increased employee engagement and higher shareholder value.
“Coaching” is sometimes confused with “counseling,” however, these two activities are very different. While both aim at behavior shifts and include a professional outside expert, counseling is primarily remedial, often connotes a clinical setting and dwells on looking at past experiences. Coaching is developmental with a focus on the present. The relationship between a coach and the executive is dynamic and collaborative.
The goal for a good coach is to help a leader identify new perspectives on how to achieve success in the future. The best executives may be the best executives BECAUSE they have a coach. Have an expert Executive Agency coach increase your momentum toward success.