We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
In everything we do, we want to do our very best. Achieving excellence is not easy, but it’s something we all want to accomplish, whether it be writing a song, sewing clothes, washing dishes, or running a company.
Just as Aristotle said, though, excellence is a habit. Even executives who have reached their goals, who have been promoted to CEO, or who are on their way to being managers, need to reestablish themselves, reflect on their lives, figure out their new roles, and maintain their habits of excellence.
Executive coaching is not only for “executives”, but for people who are transitioning to new roles. According to the International Coaching Federation, coaching is “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential”.
Executive coaching focuses on helping solve problems and issues that in management like evaluating performances, monitoring, dealing with conflicts among employees, and even boosting or maintaining morale.
Your sessions are going to be a mix of counselling, discussions, trainings, and evaluations. Working with a coach is a long-term commitment that requires willingness and active participation on your part.
Executive coaching has no one-size-fits-all approach. It requires partnership between the coach and the “executive”, where the coach serves to facilitate the transition process, offer opinions and suggestions, act as sounding board for ideas, and help analyse problems and possible solutions.
Who needs it?
Anyone can get an executive coach, but some businesses and establishments now require this of their newly appointed managers or employees. CEOs of popular brands get executive coaching from experts. Bill Gates of Microsoft, Larry Page from Google, and Alan Mulally from Ford, among others, have executive coaches.
Not everyone requires a coach, though. So, who does?
Newly minted managers or executives or someone transferred to another role. Executive coaches can ease them into their new roles effectively. The coach will be responsible for assisting them in their new tasks, attitudes and habits they have to curb or develop, and solutions or tips they can use to diffuse conflicts.
Talented employees in need of developing better social skills. Not every office worker, businessman, or sales representative is a people person. Some of them may be lacking in their business etiquette. An executive coach can train these people how to develop more open and sociable body language and how to communicate more effectively.
Strong personalities clashing constantly. Not all great minds think alike. In fact, many smart and talented people can disagree with one another from time to time. An executive coach may be needed to help these individuals learn to adjust their attitude or expectations to maintain harmony in the team. While highly skilled individuals are needed in a corporation, learning to work well with others is also very important in any organization.
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