Competent executive coach : qualifications and roles

What do coaches do that brings such dramatic value to you?  You and your coach first forge a partnership built around your most important goals.  Then your coach helps you identify your strengths and potential blindspots – ideally aided by the use of assessment tools.  Next your coach helps you leverage your strengths, grow skills and manage any weaknesses in areas of strategic importance in your career.   Your coach helps you be tenacious and undistracted while moving ahead on your most important goals. Finally your coach helps you stay accountable to yourself in following through on your developmental commitments, while at the same time providing support, encouragement and celebrating with you your successes.

What do you look for in a competent executive coach?  Recent studies suggest the importance of advanced training such as a Masters or Ph.D., post-graduate certification in executive coaching, business experience, integrity, high emotional intelligence, comfort relating to top management, political savvy, organizational awareness, flexibility and creativity, the ability to think on one’s feet, and also the ability to give honest, straight forward feedback. 

Examples Of The Roles That Coaches Play

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Listening:  Sometimes you need a sounding board for your ideas or aggravations

 

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Competency Building:  An executive coach helps you build a personalized development plan based on your career goals — and your organization’s business needs

 

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Accountability:  Your coach helps hold you accountable for your action plans

 

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Encouragement:  You might occasionally get discouraged – your coach will know how to keep you motivated

 

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Celebration:  As you have breakthrough experiences your coach can help you recognize your achievement and celebrate your successes