Executive Coaching programs have proven to be a highly effective way of developing Senior Leaders.
“Recent studies show business coaching and executive coaching to be the most effective means for achieving sustainable growth, change and development in the individual, group and organization.”HR Monthly
Many businesses/organisations quite rightly seek to apply executive coaching on a one-to-one basis and address the leadership development/performance needs of individual senior leaders. Whilst this is often sufficient another effective intervention might be executive team coaching.
The key difference is that the Coach can be more closely integrated with the on-going work of the team with the focus on enhancing collective performance.
The Role Of The Executive Coach
The role of the Coach is not to lead, but to facilitate, not to achieve results for the team but to help the team achieve the goals it sets for itself. The effective Coach will work with the Senior Leader and his team to create a framework and an environment that allows the team to grow and to improve its business performance exponentially.
Responsibility for the outcomes remain with the Executive Team, and it is important for members to be actively engaged in the process and commit to their own development and learning. In this manner, the coaching relationship is a true partnership.
The Coach creates a self-sustaining leadership team, able to maintain and grow their leadership well beyond the Coach’s involvement. The key areas for the effective Team Coach to focus on are:
Relationship, Authenticity and Trust: The Coach is working at the heart of where change is most often needed by focussing on the relationships within the team and between the team and the organisation. Improving the relationship with all of the key stakeholders that the team interacts with is a vital part of the approach.
Equally important is the way in which the individual team members interact with each other and the level of awareness that they bring to that interaction. By focusing on what is happening live, right now, in the room between team members, and between the coach and the team, we can observe, experience and tap into the most significant opportunities for development.
Personal Presence: To be effective the Team Coach needs to bring all of their expertise and knowledge of the coaching craft together with all of their life and business experience in service of supporting the Team in its drive to high performance.
Co-creation: The Coach seeks to invite co-creation with the whole team in an environment where the agenda is not pre-prepared, not led, nor controlled by one person’s notion or agenda. The focus is on the business agenda and outcomes with an eye to improving step-by-step how the team performs together and delivers best results.
Leadership: What are the models of leadership in this team? How are these models enacted by the individual members of the team and what is the impact on the performance of the team as a whole? How does the team develop its decision-making process in a way which supports and stretches each individual member’s performance and the performance of the team as a whole?
How does the Team’s leadership style impact on the wider business and how can the team improve its performance in a way that impacts the wider business meaningfully.
Active Experiments: The Team Coach seeks to devise active experiments, as the need for change arises out of the dialogue occurring in the moment. These are not part of a pre-formed design but are opportunities to try new ways of thinking and behaving as a way of enabling the team to enjoy transformative experiences, which are often lasting and sustainable.
How To Find A Good Executive Coach?
- What are the key criteria to look for? Extensive knowledge and experience of the coaching craft
- Experience in working with a wide variety of businesses, organisations and teams at high-performance level
- Ability to develop a good understanding of the organisation and the Executive Team’s needs
- Someone who is at the top of their game and comfortable in their own skin
- Bring a good balance between Director Level experience, business credibility, humility, support and challenge
- Comfortable when dealing with multiple and often conflicting agendas
- Indeed, Richard and Bonnie Roberts at Positive Consultancy possess these qualities.
- They also bring World-Class facilitation and team development skills, together with their own experience of what it takes to lead an outstanding business team, which will ultimately deliver the greatest return to the business.
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