Where Leadership and Strategy Come Together

Executive Coaching

What is Executive Coaching

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  • A relationship built on trust and confidentiality: We talk honestly with clients about their goals and aspirations and work together to help them clarify and achieve those goals. We serve only our client—the head or CEO—though we encourage their frequent and open communication with the board and board chair.
  • A forward looking process: Coaching looks to the future and is a process that engages clients in determining how they will move forward and what it is they need to do to be successful.
  • A process that is created together: Coaching presumes that the answers reside largely within the client; that self-generated goals and plans foster greater commitment and follow-through; and that clients often benefit from a coach to help them see or build the skills, attitudes and capabilities needed to reach their full potential.

How Do Mentorship and Executive Coaching Differ?

Over the past twenty years, mentorship for developing talent an accepted practice in schools and not for profits. Recognizing a similar need for executive leadership, Boards and ne leaders have often looked to mentors who can offer advice based on their own experiences and act as a sounding board. Yet there is a tendency for mentors to “tell” the client what to do, offering advice grounded in their own experiences. While this advice is valuable, it can also miss the mark if it does not take into account the new leader’s style, capacity, or particular context.

Executive coaching differs from mentorship in that coaches are professionally trained, supervised and certified through a University or established program. They learn skills that promote the development of the client’s internal capacity for growth and change. They are trained to listen, surface issues, and help the client take action in ways that align positively with his or her values and vision – offering their own technical knowledge where appropriate. Executive coaches facilitate learning, support the development of forward-looking action plans, create mechanisms to ensure implementation, and provide accountability.