Your effectiveness as a leader and executive is inextricably tied to your ability to lead and motivate your team. You know it, and your organization knows it. The responsibility for growing and developing the organization ultimately rests with one person – you.
Are you proactive in developing your own interpersonal and leadership skills? Do you have a strategy for managing your own professional focus and development?
An executive coach can provide the catalyst you need to sharpen your skills, maintain a healthy life balance and good boundaries, and stay focused and on top of your game. Retaining and executive coach represent an investment in yourself, your team, and the sustainability of your organization.
The virtues of executive leadership are different than those of supervision and management. In the words of Jack Welch:
Being a leader changes everything. Before you are a leader, success is all about you. It’s about your performance, your contributions. It’s about getting called upon and having the right answers. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. Your success as a leader comes not from what you do but from the reflected glory of the people you lead.
Those who ascend to the level of senior manager or executive do so on the basis of work they have conducted beforehand. Yet, the moment you set foot in your new office, that in itself is no longer sufficient.
As an executive you have to be skilled and knowledgeable on the operational aspects of running an organization. You also have to be visionary and provide the strategic leadership the organization needs to grow and develop. And you have to be able to maintain healthy relations with board members, members of the leadership team, and externally to shareholders and other important stakeholders. This takes significant time, skill, and energy.
As you advance to the senior or executive level, developmental feedback becomes increasingly important. Yet, in most cases, effective and objective feedback also becomes more infrequent and more unreliable. As a result, you run the risk of slowing down or regressing in critical interpersonal and leadership skills. This can lead to serious difficulties and risk, for you and the organization as a whole.
Executive and leadership coaching is an effective tool to manage this risk. An experienced coach can provide the perspective and support you need to further develop your skills, balance priorities and achieve fast and measurable improvements.
Most leaders and executives benefit greatly from receiving direct and relevant feedback in a confidential and professional setting. By providing feedback and guidance in real time, executive coaching develops leaders in the context of their current jobs, without removing them from their day-to-day responsibilities.
Great leaders know that their personal and professional effectiveness and satisfaction help them to maintain their “edge” and be more successful. And great leaders know that they must continually develop themselves if they wish to effectively lead, develop their teams and grow their business.
Independent studies, including those done by the renowned International Coaching Federation, have consistently shown the average return on investment for coaching to exceed 500%. Coaching is an investment – not only in yourself, but also in your employees and the future of your organization.
Corporate Elements is a leading provider of executive coaching, leadership development and talent management solutions. We use our experience from working with organizations, leaders and executives in Scandinavia, Northern- and Central Europe, and the USA to act as a catalyst and deliver effective and practical business solutions that work for you and your organization. We offer confidential, convenient and cost-effective ways to accelerate success, giving you and your organization a major competitive edge.
For more information on our coaching services, or to schedule a free initial consultation, please contact us!