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What is Executive Coaching? (and, is it right for me?)

Updated: Dec 4, 2023

What is an executive coach?

An executive coach is a qualified professional who works with people (from high-potential employees to entrepreneurs and CEO’s) to help them gain self-awareness, clarify goals, achieve their objectives, unlock their potential, and act as a partner in their growth.

How do I know if it is time for me to work an executive coach?

Everyone could use a coach, however, here are some common reasons someone starts executive coaching:

  • You want to have more direction with my goals

  • You want to learn more about myself

  • You in a career transition (or you want to change careers)

  • You are overwhelmed and you have no work-life balance

  • You feel stuck and want a push forward professionally

  • What satisfied you in the past at work no longer does

  • Your job has become more demanding, and you want to step up to the plate

  • You are a new leader and you want to develop your leadership style

Am I ready for executive coaching?

Ask yourself these questions to see if it is the right moment for you to get started:

  • Are you ready to challenge your current thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and actions to get what you want in life?

  • Are you willing to do what it takes to get your goals?

  • Are you flexible and curious?

  • Are you open to learning, growth, and change?

How do I get the most out of executive coaching?

Here are some tips on how to take full advantage of your sessions:

  • You can come to a coach with a problem to solve, to gain awareness on yourself, or because you want support getting to the next level in your career. Which one is true for you?

  • You get from coaching what you put into it. You are 100% in charge of your own life so, take complete ownership of it and do the work.

  • Feel free to ask your coach some initial questions at the start of your session with them. However, the best way to learn ‘what coaching is’ is to give it a try!

  • When making sure the coach is the right fit for you, go with your gut. If you trust them, choose them.

  • Set expectations early on with your coach. What do you expect from them? Do you want to be challenged? Held accountable? Supported? Listened to?

To find out how you could benefit from coaching, sign up for a free strategy call today.

Sally Fazakerley is an International Executive Coach with 15 years' experience in learning and development. She uses a no-nonsense approach to get you where you want to go. She specialises in international clients who want to gain clarity, take action, and get results.

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