Executive coaching is a huge buzz word in today’s business circles. As Fortune-500 companies seek new ways to gain an competitive edge in a ever-changing global business environment, they are utilizing coaching both as a tool to help leaders succeed in their own goals and objectives as well as way to equip leaders to be effective as they work with other employees.
Additionally, leadership coaching is a critical tool for organizational change. Change is essential for organizations to grow and adapt in today’s rapidly shifting marketplace, yet people and organizations are naturally resistant to change. Adopting an effective coaching culture within an organization can help facilitate productive change in individuals, teams and business processes by assisting both management and employees as they uncover their untapped potential. So why is this tool overlooked so often? The answer comes down to three basic points:
1) A tendency to focus most on the here and now. In a business environment that includes constant change and upheaval, managers generally to focus on essential day-to-day operations and are less interested in longer-term activities with a less certain ROI.
2) Failure to act. Some organizations spend too much time trying to fit employees into specific categories and seldom do anything constructive with these observations.
3) No time. This is one of the most common excuses given. However I would argue that there is always time for important activities. If you believe developing a coaching culture is a valuable managerial function it will be a priority.
I have been called upon by countless c-level executives to help them learn and utilize powerful NLP coaching techniques to move past the areas that block their pathway to success as leader. Many organizations in which I have had the good fortune of working with as a leadership coach realize that the traditional model of leadership no longer provides the tools needed to succeed in today’s complex and dynamic global marketplace. Leadership coaching allows organizations to adopt a more relational, collaborative and consultative model for leading and influencing team members.
The ability to coach leaders within the organization is a core competency that helps an organization to fully develop. Through coaching, management learns how to optimize the value of their team members. Leadership coaching helps clarify vision, beliefs and values, and stretches the capacity to lead and influence. Additionally, helping leadership to understand and embrace coaching techniques, gives them the tools needed to guide others to do the same. This allows them to become catalysts for change within their organizations.
Leadership coaching can take place in a variety of ways. On-site or teleconference coaching are excellent tools to create on-going follow up and leader accountability. However, leadership retreats are another tool that allows a leader to step outside of their normal environment to gain valuable clarity and focus.
At Academy of Leadership Coaching & NLP, we offer customized on-site leadership coach training as well as group and one-on-one coaching sessions. For more information on how to utilize coaching as a leadership development tool, please feel free to contact us.