Most people considering hiring an executive coach, work for corporations who have normalized and accepted the concept of coaching, as well as the benefits of it. True right? Actually not true, as Erika Andersen pointed out in an article published in Forbes. The increasingly common presence of executive coaches in the workplace could actually make these potential clients more hesitant to ask what the benefits are or understand how these benefits might apply to them.
In her article titled 6 Ways An Executive Coach Can Make You More Successful, these are the positive outcomes Andersen claims that coaching can have:
- see yourself more clearly,
- see others more clearly,
- learn new ways to respond,
- leverage existing strengths,
- build more productive relationships, and
- achieve what you want.
As an outside observer, coaches can share their unbiased perceptions of the client and the people in the client’s professional life. These observations can create more accurate assessments, especially of one’s own strengths and weaknesses. This feedback can then be used to respond better to various situations that may arise in a work environment by working with and deploying these newfound strengths. In turn, this can lead to more productive relationships with a wider variety of people. All of these benefits combined ultimately help accomplish whatever goal clients had in mind when he or she first hired their coach. Basically,
“A good coach can help you get clearer about your goals and dreams, and about what you’re capable of doing in order to achieve them.”
This is the ultimate goal and bottom line for executive coaches. As long as the client is open to their advice and willing to implement it into their daily life, a coach could be the catalyst to enhance their learning mindset, learn new skills, evolve on their role, and thereby achieve the professional success they want.
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