What to Expect From Executive Coaching and the Top Three Benefits

What is Executive Coaching?

It used to be that executive coaching was thought of as a problem-solving tool. Got a manager with a short fuse who yells inappropriately at his staff? Or an executive who doesn’t quite have what it takes to get to the next level? A coach would be brought in to help employees eliminate problematic behaviours and perform to the expected standard. Coaching was deemed successful when the ‘coachees’ adopted the desired behaviour or reached predetermined achievements.

While this view of executive coaching isn’t inherently wrong, it is a limited perception of what the coaching process can offer. Coaching is a dynamic experience that can empower individuals to identify and achieve their greatest desires, in their personal and professional lives.

Coaching is now used by professionals who wish to develop their leadership skills, but it is also sought out by those looking to make a big transition such as a career change or find more fulfilling work.

Enter Co-Active coaching, a model which addresses the full human experience in the coaching process. Developed 25 years ago, Co-Active Coaching “balances self-awareness, a keen agility with relationships, and courageous action to create an environment where individuals can be deeply fulfilled, connected to others and successful in what matters most.”

In short, Co-Active coaching takes a holistic approach to help coachees transform their lives into the ones they want to lead.


Top Three Benefits of Executive Coaching

While the benefits of executive coaching are plentiful, we would like to focus on the top three: goal setting, professional development, and personal growth. Read on to learn more.

1. Goal setting: as discussed above, goal setting is the central focus of most coaching models. Planning and working towards specific achievements provides direction, motivates action, and provides measurable success from which to learn and grow. It is the cornerstone of the executive coaching process.

Once a goal is set, the coach will work with a coachee to identify obstacles and develop strategies to overcome them. This process empowers the coachee to think creatively and begin to trust their own problem-solving abilities. They come out the other end more confident and better able to tackle difficult issues.

Once a goal has been achieved, the coach and coachee evaluate the journey to success, identifying what worked and what could be improved. These insights will inform future goal setting and are critical to ensuring continued growth.

2. Professional Development: Executive coaching can help any professional develop their path to success, regardless of where they may currently sit on the corporate ladder. Not only does coaching help the coachee identify goals, it also helps them visualize where they want to go in the first place. Coaches will ask strategic questions that will encourage the coachee to examine what they truly value in their work and create a plan in alignment with that vision.

Another, often overlooked, benefit is communication skills development. Coaching requires open and respectful communication between coach and coachee. A coachee will quickly learn that this style facilitates easier understanding, quicker problem solving, and faster relationship building. This is a skill they can bring to their other professional interactions and observe similar results.


“When your work and all other areas of your life are aligned with your desires and values, you will experience fulfillment. This will be lasting as you will crave it and build your life to lead you on this path.” – CTI


3. Personal growth: A holistic coaching approach incorporates all aspects of life to ensure that your world is in alignment with your true self. After all, what good is it to have your dream job but come home to a personal life that is anything but?

Coachees can expect to take what they learn in executive coaching and apply it to their personal lives. They will notice their relationships will improve with better communication. They will also be able to better identify what they want out of life, and know how to go about achieving it.

If you are interested in learning more about executive coaching, please contact us at info@pivothrservices.ca.

Pivot notes that coaching is not therapy. During the coaching process, you may discover that there are deeper psychological issues impacting your life that require treatment from a registered therapist.

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