The growing pressures of global competition fuel the demand for increasingly effective business leaders. These leaders bear the responsibility for setting the tone and style for their organizations to meet changing cultural values and expectations. To meet this challenge, leaders themselves must be adaptable to future changes! One of the best ways for leaders to develop the necessary attitudes, skills and decision-making capabilities is through a confidential one-to-one relationship in which a wide range of issues can be explored and resolved. Through systematic assessments and dialog, the leadership coaching process tackles both “bottom line” and “life-work-alignment” issues.
Often times, coaching is confused with consulting as the terms are used interchangeably. In truth, the two professions take very different approaches. Consulting is about problem solving where the primary goal is typically to maximize client profits. Coaching is about developing people with the primary goal to maximize client potential.
The capacity for leadership exists in everyone, but many never take the time to develop it. Whether just entering the workforce or a seasoned business veteran, leadership coaching helps the leader view their world more strategically and open up possibilities they did not either consider or thought impossible. It enables leaders to design and implement a plan for the development of their own leadership capabilities as well as for their teams and organizations.
The Leadership Coaching Process
The RPC Leadership Associates, Inc Leadership Coaching process helps leaders improve their effectiveness and performance in a more purposeful way. It offers the leader the opportunity to stand back and take a fresh look at their experiences and assumptions by enabling them to…
- Identify inner resources yet untapped.
- Target priority areas for growth and development.
- Promote healthy alignment between career and personal life, so they can sustain the vitality necessary for effective leadership.
- Uncover specific behaviors that need to change in order to achieve short-term and long-term desired results.
- Challenge underlying beliefs and values, and offer possibilities for fundamental change that will enhance the overall quality of life.
The coaching process can take a number of forms depending on the needs of the individual leader and the desires of the organization who requests the leadership coaching. The process typically unfolds as follows:
- The leader and coach meet to discuss the need and make a decision about whether leadership coaching is the best approach to achieve the desired results. As coaching is goals based, an initial idea of the leader’s goals is established at this point.
- The leader and the coach identify key strengths, weaknesses, and developmental needs through a comprehensive assessment process and put together a plan. At some point, the assessment process may include a 360-feedback process that includes the leader’s manager, peers and subordinates.
- The leader and coach work together to achieve the agreed upon objectives. The process cadence generally ebbs once the leader establishes momentum toward acquiring enhanced leadership abilities and developed an organizational support mechanism for ongoing growth.
Leadership Coaching Outcomes
Potential outcomes from a leadership coaching relationship can include:
- Greater Clarity of Attitudes and Behavioral Focus
- Improved Decision-Making Skills
- Enhanced Creativity and Adaptability
- Improved Alignment in all Aspects of Life
- Greater Leadership Effectiveness