50% of leaders I have met don’t need to learn what to do.
They need to learn what to stop.
Both terms are sometimes used synonymously. In a wider sense, they mean the same – supporting leadership growth – and rely often on identical practices and techniques.
But context matters – and an executive coach will adjust workstyle and approach accordingly:
The challenges of executives with function-, division-, or enterprise-wide responsibilities have specific nuances. Senior leaders, often as a result of being in a different stage of their career/life cycle, face different personal and interpersonal challenges. Consequently, the work of an executive coach differs from the work of a leadership coach in significant ways.
We approach both executive coaching and leadership coaching with the same premises:
While leadership coaching focuses on building healthy and effective leadership habits & attitudes – such as cultivating influence, standing up for one’s vision, empowering others, or increasing self-awareness, executive coaching or C-Suite coaching are often less concerned with the transmission of know-how. Rather, an executive coach will support senior leaders to act on their understanding of leadership. The challenge, often, lies not in acquiring new knowledge but in applying the knowledge that’s already there. More often than not, the key to executive leadership growth lies not in talking about what to do but in focusing on what to stop.
Our leadership coaching supports leaders to tap the best version of their leadership and succeed in new or existing roles.
Senior executives are proven successful leaders with a track record of mastering personal and organizational challenges successfully. Such leaders usually have a thorough understanding of their strengths and vision, deep subject-matter expertise, and well-honed managerial and leadership skills. More often than not, they also have a strong self-confidence.
A strong, positive self-image and associated deep convictions about what enabled their success is a powerful resource for executives. It provides executives with perseverance, the courage to disrupt, contagious confidence, vision, and a desire to guide their organization’s destiny. But that confidence can be overplayed and may get in the way. The clout of being in a senior role further add to the difficulty of getting realistic feedback. As your executive coach, we are a powerful partner in gathering stakeholder feedback and supporting the coachee to consider with honesty what about that feedback needs to be considered to further improve both – leadership impact and leadership reputation.
We have extensive experience coaching leaders in executive and C-Suite roles.
Areas of coaching include:
Please contact us for a free consultation to discuss how coaching can support you or your organization.