Executive coaching is a two-way relationship between a coach and a leader. In today’s fast-moving world, high performing individuals are more likely expected to possess intense technical strong leadership skills. Each coach will have their own strengths and weaknesses and their own respective styles to contribute to the organization. Mentioned below are some distinct qualities that all good executive coaches have in common which can benefit you greatly as a business leader.
- A good coach is always self-aware. To understand oneself and one’s coaching style, and how it is perceived by others, is an important first step to becoming a valuable and effective coach. Self-awareness is a journey into oneself and knowing one’s potential.
- A good coach brings specific issues to the attention of others because
being unspecific about the problem areas, or failing to bring them to the respective parties, suggests a reluctance to bring a positive change and a lack of leadership qualities.
- A good coach prepares for each session with appropriate information. Executive coaching sessions should always be scheduled in advance, and the coach should have a solid agenda for each session that portrays the mission for the day. Without a proper structure, the coaching session can be more like a casual conversation session with no real agenda or direction.
- A good coach treats participants as partners in the organization, encouraging their work input and trusting them to carry out the given assignments. All good coaches have the respect for their mentees as common. Contempt and resentment should have no place in an effective coaching relationship.
- A good coach knows the strengths and weaknesses of his or her employees and knows how to trigger the individual strengths of employees to get the most out of them and to get the greatest amount of work efficiency and productivity from the team both collectively and individually.
- A good coach allows enough time to adequately discuss all the issues and concerns.
Keeping out enough time for a solid session, rather than rushing through the session, respects the employee’s time and encourages them to engage more thoughtfully.
- A good coach boldly asks for a commitment for the solutions that have been agreed upon.
- A good coach provides the desired resources, authority, training and support necessary for others to carry out the solutions.
- A good coach always offers support and assistance to those he or she is coaching to help them implement positive change and achieve the desired goals. Professional development is always a team effort.
- A good coach follows up on coaching sessions in a timely and orderly manner. At the end of each coaching session, it is always a good idea to go ahead and plan the next one, and to hold onto that commitment when the time comes.
When the results do not turn out as expected, a good coach helps to define alternative actions proactively.