Submitted by: Alisa Murphy
Hawaii can be a challenging place to find good executive leadership training programs. Executives often have to spend time and money traveling to the mainland for intensive courses that may or may not suit their style.
Executive leadership coaching is an alternative, but what does it mean? It means working with a coach over a period of six months to a year – the coach will give you personalized advice suited to your learning style and situation, and help you manage the stress of a high powered situation. It is not cheap, but it is definitely worth it.
The most critical items a good executive coach will address include:
Clarity: Leaders are typically very talented. There are many things they could do. But, how do we determine what we must do? A good coach will help you see the forest from the trees and pare down to the most important things you care about. They are able to stretch and grow your thinking to gently see a more empowering way.
Informative: Good coaches are well informed. They bring things to the table that you do not have time to find yourself. Leaders simply do not have time to read every book on leadership and life management. A good coach can synthesis the best information that you need in the right moment freeing you up to hit your other goals.
Balance NOT!: A good coach understands that there is no such thing as balance. You will never spend as much time per week with your family as you do in your vocation. Life is about fulfillment, not balance. A good coach will help you understand the difference between the two and help you reach objectives for each part of your life.
Who benefits the most from coaching?
The answer is somebody who is going through some kind of change, or who’s company is. The time to call up a coach is if you are changing jobs, being promoted, dealing with a merger or even approaching retirement. Whatever your situation is, your coach will have been trained to deal with it and almost certainly seen it before.
How do you get the most out of it?
First of all, you need to be willing to change and deal with criticism. Your coach will tell you what you are doing wrong and where you can approve, and many executives find that their work is associated with the core of their selves. And you need to remember that you are not doing this because you are a bad manager – but because you want to be an even better one.
You should not be afraid to use your coach as a sounding board and run ideas past them. Coaches work within confidentiality, like lawyers, and their ethics forbid them from telling your competition (or employees) what happened in the session.
Most importantly, you need to both provide feedback and be open to it. Tell your coach what is working and what is not, so he can give you the best advice.
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