It is an individualized process which helps the leader to build his/her capability to achieve the long and short term goals. Leadership coaching is usually customized and conducted one-on-one for a set period of time. It is done by usually keeping a business purpose in mind. It started by helping managers who are de-railed from their goals. Then it moved to enhance leaders’ performance at all levels. Leadership coaching helps the organization to grow and expand their leadership bench. It also helps leaders who want to gain an edge in their own branding and marketing.
Leadership coaching will be beneficial for individuals who want to become future leaders. Coaching will help them to sharpen their skills. More than 60% of Fortune 500 CEO’s have their personal coaches which help them to achieve their goals. Though formal education and training help the leaders to understand and handle the technical part of their role, leadership coaching will help the leader to grow personally and improve their relationship skills.
Leadership coaching is “tailored to the individual” and is a developmental process for leaders which is achieved in partnership with a coach. Here the coach believes that the leader has unlimited potential achieve the goals, he/she only gives direction to do that.
The main objective of leadership coaching is to help the leader to remove obstacles which are there in the way. Coach maintains a careful distance of objectivity and helps the leader to create a path of success through introspection and self- reflection. Coach will not solve the problem for leaders on his/her behalf because the coachee is the expert of his/her own life.
What does a leadership coach do?
Coach collects data from surveys to identify the behaviours which can be directly linked with business outcomes. Then the coach listens to the leader’s situation or problem. Also guides him/her to solve the problems. After figuring out the problem, coach helps the leader to set priorities, anticipate the obstacles, and prepare an action plan to overcome them.
Coach ensures that the leader is out of his/her comfort zone to explore new options and areas. Provides a fresh perspective to the situation or problem based on experience so that leader can solve the problem efficiently. Then at regular intervals, the coach will evaluate the goals of leaders and will help to achieve them. Will conduct meetings on a regular basis and assess the progress. Coach follows-up with the leader to see whether the goal is achieved or not. If it is not, then coach invites for more discourse and learning on the issue. All the information exchanged during the coaching will remain confidential.
Leadership coach makes the coachee aware about the goals and obstacles. Coach ensures that the coachee recognises the strengths and use them to remove the obstacle. Coach should advocate self-awareness. Coachee should be self-aware about and ensure that there is no dependency on the coach regarding solving the obstacle or achieving the goal. In the end, coach will only help to achieve the goal but coachee has to work on it.