Executive coaching is a tool to support your professional growth. An executive coach can help in a multitude of situations which hinder or delay getting to where you want to be in your career. For some individuals, executive coaching can help determine how to get to the “next level” in their professional progress. For others, it might be a tool to support how to be more effective or productive in their roles. Executive coaching can also help determine the cognitive roadblocks which create detrimental effects in a person’s professional trajectory. This might be particularly important in times of transition: after being laid off or resigning from a job, re-entering the workforce, transitioning to a new role within an organization.
The challenge with executive coaching is knowing who to work with. Since the term “coach” is not a protected term, like “therapist” or “attorney”, anyone can call themselves a coach. You want to ensure that your time and financial investment in coaching is with someone qualified to support your needs and goals. Because of this it is important to consider variables which will impact your work with the executive coach you select:
Hiring anyone simply based on the title they label themselves is not the approach most of us take for the professionals we hire. We do our research, ask questions, get referrals from trusted people and get a feel from the professional. Hiring an executive coach requires the same approach. By clearly articulating the criteria you are looking for in your work with an executive coach, you establish a higher likelihood of success and the opportunity to achieve the goals you want.