|Many people think of sports when they hear the word coaching.
But in the last 15 years coaching has also become an established practice in the corporate for the same reasons that athletes use coaches – to improve performance, gain insight and to become better at what they do.
And it’s not just the executives who have identified the value of working with a coach.
These days so many savvy professionals see the value an executive or leadership coach provides in helping them get to the next level in their career.
So, this brings up the question…
If elite athletes and executives think they need coaches, shouldn’t you have one too?
In my conversations with people, I see 8 signs that indicate if someone could benefit from leadership coaching:
8 Signs You Could Benefit From a Leadership Coach
- You want to grow personally and professionally
- You want to learn from your past mistakes
- You want to become a better and more confident leader
- You want to build more productive relationships
- You want someone to discuss your ideas with
- You want to become more self-aware and be better a reflecting upon your actions to improve going forward
- You want to develop and refine your career plan to accelerate faster
- You are willing to invest your time and effort – coaching is not a short-term fix or a band-aid, it’s a longer-term career development solution
Now, this bears the question, what are actually the benefits of working with a leadership coach?
Here are some of the many benefits you can expect:
- You can gain a deeper understanding of yourself
- It can help you improve your performance and achieve better results
- It gives you the opportunity to work through personal and professional issues
- It helps you become more self-aware about your thoughts and beliefs and let go of what’s been holding you back
- It gives you a dose of the truth. Leadership coaches will tell you as it is and won’t sugar coat anything
- You can get support for improving a specific skill or habit
- It can help you find clarity about your career path and how to achieve your goals
- It can help you develop better interpersonal skills to build stronger relationships with team members and stakeholders
I’ve seen tons of leaders grow in these ways as a result of working with a skilled coach. But I have two caveats: Your coach has to be good, and you have to be coachable.
Because coaching has become so popular during the past couple of decades, there are a lot of people working as coaches who won’t necessarily be able to support you in these ways. Make sure your coach has achieved results for others in similar situations, is specialized in leadership development, and it’s someone you resonate with on a personal level.
Now, there’s you.
If you’re not willing to go through the often-daunting, frustrating and embarrassing process of acknowledging that you need to grow, and actually doing what it takes to grow, you won’t benefit from having a coach.
No matter how old you are or where you are in your career, if you want to get the most from having a coach, you have to be willing to be open and vulnerable in some areas.
Like any new endeavor, working with a coach can be challenging and even a little scary. But if you’re brave, committed and curious, you’ll find your coaching relationship can be a powerful catalyst to bring out your full leadership potential which has a positive ripple effect in all areas of your life.
If you’re interested in exploring if coaching is for you, click HERE to apply for a free consultation call with me. In this call, you’ll get total clarity on where you’re at, where you want to go, and what it will take to get there. If I can help you on this journey, I’ll let you know. If not, I’ll guide to other resources that can support you. Either way, we’ll have fun and you’ll leave with greater clarity than you ever had before. That’s my promise 🙂