When appointing an Executive Coach you will be making an investment in Yourself and Your Organisation. Executive coaching will help you become the best version of yourself resulting in you becoming an effective leader. Coaching looks toward the future following the path that you, with some help from your coach, define. It is a personalised process that may at times feel like you're having a business discussion while at other times may feel like you're confiding in a therapist.
The main benefit of executive coaching is that it will help your business perform better by making you a better leader. As a better leader, you can keep your team focused on the critical business goals and the practical steps that need to be taken to get there.
Leaders often have great ideas but have difficulty in verbalising them. If your team does not understand your vision as a leader, they can't help make it happen. An executive coach will actively listen and help you formulate your vision into words, which will bring you one step closer to communication and achieving it.
If you need help in developing a specific skill, be it delegating or holding people accountable, your coach will be there to help you. The role of your coach is to dig deep, ask questions and help you uncover any limiting beliefs that may be holding you back, providing you with ways of practising and strengthening your weakness and improving your overarching leadership. You coach will have the ability to identify when you are taking things personally and letting your emotions control you. No matter what kind of team you are leading, you can't hope to be effective unless you have honed your leadership skills.
We all understand the importance of forming a culture of continuous improvement. By working with a coach, you will be creating a positive example in the development of this culture. Your coach will give you the tools to help your team understand and practice continuous improvement themselves. Your interaction with a coach will showcase that you value continuous improvement and don't ever plan to stop learning and growing yourself.
Whether you invest in executive coaching or not, your organisation will develop its own culture. If you work with an experienced executive coach with an accomplished track record, you will be better able to shape that corporate culture as it evolves. What's more, you'll be better able to articulate your vision, will be better able to keep your team on the right track, be more efficient, and more successful. All these benefits of executive coaching will help you and your organisation in the long run.
Think of it this way. World-class athletes have coaches, as do top speakers, musicians, so why wouldn't an executive have a coach?