Here are top 4 reasons you need an executive coach
The world is always watching.
An executive coach can monitor your online presence and offer feedback. This ensures that as a leader you maintain an objective perspective at work by being aware on how you appear to the world.
Professional opportunities occur at an instant.
The pandemic has illustrated that career choices don’t always pan out the way we plan them to. A lot of restructuring has occurred, or personal obligations, values and priorities have taken precedence and now you’ve got to make a change. Rethinking your career plan can place pressure of time. Having an executive coach ahead of time can help keep a clear state of mine for reflective thinking and decision making.
You have an opportunity and you’re not sure what to do.
We regularly get inquiries from leaders who have just been approached about an opportunity and need assistance navigating the process – too often with not enough time. It’s good to have an executive coach as a contact when an opportunity strikes.
You should always want to be prepared.
Having a clear sense of your path forward from your current role, as well as your long-term professional and personal goals – an executive coach helps with this. Executive coaches allow you to know where you are and where you want to be, aligning the two and will help you be ready when presented with a new opportunity – whether internal or external.
How to find an executive coach
There are many coaches who market themselves as “career coaches.” But for a senior level executive, a coach who can be helpful to you as you navigate your career journey should have some specific skills and qualifications. Here’s what to look for:
- Ask questions
- Listen and make objective observations
- Challenge your thinking
Creating a space where as a leader you’ll be able to recognize your goals, fears and assumptions, your coach should be able to help create an action plan that is aligned with your values.
2) Your executive coach should have experience in the executive level.
It’s important that your coach can relate in the context of coaching conversation. They should be able to have experience to help answer questions related to job search and career paths. If your executive coach has experience in the same field, it may help save time and money shopping for other services. It also builds chemistry and trust.
3) Chemistry is everything.
You should feel comfortable talking with your executive coach since you’re going to be sharing goals and opening up about where you want to be – some people may consider it very personal. Trust is important here.
In Newland Associates, we have executive coaches who were not only executive recruiters, but senior HR Leaders, specializing in Executive Search, Coaching and Leader Development. We in Newland bring tailored skills to our executive coaching. Contact us to find out how we can add value.