Not Fixing, But Improving: My Approach To Coaching Leaders

Written by on February 2, 2016

Coaching: to some, it evokes images of a superhero who can swoop in to save the day with all the right answers. Oh, if it were only that simple! In reality, any leadership coach’s knowledge alone isn’t enough to rescue an organization; the real benefit of a coaching relationship comes when leaders learn and grow with their coaches.

Your Success: My Coaching Approach

My goal as a coach is to help leaders find the answers and solutions they need by working together. A good executive-coach pairing can lead to great results, but only if both parties mesh well. If you’re willing to be open, honest and hardworking (and expect the same from me), then I believe we’ll be able to accomplish a lot.

Reassess Where You Stand: Start With Introspection

It bears repeating that we as coaches are not consultants who can micromanage you through professional challenges. Coaches like myself rarely bring answers straight to the table – but we do help you concretely identify your strengths as a leader, and then turn this awareness into self-improvement.

Working Together: What Does It Like?

We’ll use our sessions together to help you work on becoming your best self, however you define that. If you know you’ve hit a wall and want a way to get unstuck, we can do that together. The first step to achieve that is for you and I to build a relationship based on mutual trust.

Trust: A Two-Way Street We Travel

In order to really reach for self-improvement, leaders must be willing to be honest, with me and with themselves. Your openness will lead to the most useful moments of insight; from these moments, I’ll gain a new perspective on ways to suggest improvement; for this reason, you should be prepared to “lay all your cards on the table” when you start working with a coach.

To facilitate your comfort, I often start the process of discovery talking about past successes; it is an easy way for both of us to get comfortable sharing before we delve into more difficult territory. You may want to find a solution for an ongoing problem, but often, the best answers become apparent as we move together toward greater self-awareness.

Establishing Goals To Build Trust And Accountability

Most importantly, you and I will take some time to talk about unique needs. When it comes to coaching, we all have different end goals and motivations. It’s important for you to tell me right off the bat what you want to get out of coaching. That way, we can focus our efforts to achieve your goals. But, once I know your goals, be prepared to be held accountable! Theoretical coaching can add a wealth of knowledge and help clients find ways to put their discoveries into practice on a daily basis.

Following tangible directives is one way in which clients show me their dedication to self-improvement – and the only way we can make sure what your learn in coaching has a lasting effect.

Trust, Self-Awareness, Accountability: The Route To Achieve Your Goals

In my experience, having a clear understanding of the goals of the coaching session, as well as a relationship based on mutual trust, are the two best ways to help clients achieve meaningful and lasting positive changes. Being open and honest about your strengths, flaws, passions and weaknesses is a key part of the path towards greater self-understanding. As a coach, I want to help you do better in business, as well as to become a well-rounded leader who can overcome current challenges and achieve future successes on your own.