How to choose your executive coach -1
Executive coaching is a very powerful method of developing business leadership. There are a lot of leadership courses out there in the market. Many bear marque names of Ivy League business schools. Typically, leadership courses consist of some theory or concepts, case studies, and group discussions. The leadership courses revolve around the brand of a famous B-school or some charismatic speaker. If you have attended such leadership courses, you will remember feeling good about the intellectual stimulation and networking. But other than carrying a the heavy course material nothing really happens in your actual work. The so called investment does not give any other returns.
Executive Coaching, on the other hand, centers around the learner on the job. An executive coach helps the learner in identifying key areas of focus and helps in developing an action plan. Executive Coaching deals with the person, the job challenges, and the skills needed. Therefore executive coaching is very effective in developing leadership skills.
The question is how to select a good executive coach? This series deals with this crucial question.
This attribute is quite easy to miss -your executive coach must have integrity!
I know, integrity is a minimum requirement in every profession. But here it takes a different dimension.
Your coach is asking you questions. Your answers do not create a flattering picture of yourself. You get hot under the collar and wonder why I am paying this guy? Yet your coach presses on.
When an executive coach is confronted with a situation of conflict between professional duty (advice that is beneficial to client) and continuity of the coaching assignment he or she gives priority to the professional duty -that kind of integrity.
Such executive coaches are few in number. They also tend to focus only on large companies and their CEOs. You have to also ensure that he or she is accessible to you and also affordable.