3 Ways to Get Executives Excited About Coaching: Executive coaching is an exceptional tool that can help your company’s top performers develop into strong leaders. But if it’s not communicated correctly, executives could take this opportunity the wrong way, and we all know that in order for coaching to work, executives have to be receptive and open to change.
To help you get your execs excited about the coaching process, Arden Coaching put together three points you can use to make sure that they see coaching in the correct light.
1. Stress Coaching’s Confidentiality
It’s common for executives to feel iffy about letting another person into their daily sphere. But in order for coaching to be a success, clients have to be accepting of the partnership and willing to openly share their experiences with their coach.
It helps to remind executives that coaching is a strictly confidential process and that its powerful effects are two-fold: Coaching pushes execs do their jobs better, and it helps the company reflect on its current processes and goals. Their candid feedback can and will bring about positive change throughout the organization.
A company that chooses to enroll their executives in coaching does so because they believe in his or her potential. Funding an executive coaching partnership shows the executive that your company is willing to provide them with what they need to advance their professional growth.
When you discuss the prospect of coaching with your executives, emphasize the fact that coaching at its core is an opportunity for development and an investment in the executive as a valuable contributor within the organization.
3. Remind Them of the Changes Coaching Brings
Executive coaching has the ability to bring executives a variety of long-term benefits that impact not only the actions they make in their professional lives, but also those they employ in their personal lives. The leadership skills that coaching works to strengthen are abilities that executives will be able to take with them and use in a many different contexts.
For example, many coachees experience increased emotional intelligence through their coaching partnership. This skill set improves the way in which they perceive others; it’s a skill that seamlessly translates from team dynamics in the workplace to relationships with friends and family. Directing executives to these enduring improvements will help them better understand the partnership’s positive intent for long-term change.
Defining the coaching process to your executives before they begin their engagement is crucial. Using the suggestions above, you’ll be able to help execs understand coaching’s goals, recognize the reasons why you’ve selected them for this opportunity, and get them excited to begin. In doing this, you’ll also lay the groundwork for a successful coaching engagement.
Your execs are bound to have questions about their upcoming partnership. To learn more about the beneficial effects of executive coaching, you can download Arden Coaching’s free eBook 5 Questions You May Have About Improving Your Employees’ Interpersonal and Communication Skills