There are many misconceptions about executive coaching and what the ultimate goal is. Executives often misinterpret the process as well as their relationship with the coach. At Arden Coaching, we want you to fully understand what an executive program is and what it aims to accomplish.
For you to get the most out of the program, it’s crucial that you’re clear on what to expect and what will be expected of you. Read on to learn more about the four most common myths of executive coaching.
My coach will tell me how to do everything. Your coach isn’t going to give you all of the answers the way that a consultant would. Executive coaching is about reflecting to you what your patterns of thinking are and helping you work on your problems. We believe in teaching you how to fish rather than giving you a fish.
My coach has to know everything about my industry. Some executives believe that in order for them to experience success with the coaching program, their coach will need to be fully versed in their industry. But, as previously stated, your coach isn’t going to give you specific answers. Rather, they work with you to help you understand how you interact with others and recognize how others perceive your behaviors. By realizing this, you’ll be able to determine how you can tweak your actions to be more effective in the workplace.
I don’t have time for that. At Arden Coaching, we believe in sharpening the saw. If you take the time to work with your coach now, it’s likely that you’ll have the tools that will allow you to think more strategically. After your initial 360-degree assessment, you’ll engage in up to four hours of conversation per month with your coach based on your individual plan.
It’s also up to you to determine how much time you put into it outside those conversations with your coach. Executive coaching will only be beneficial if you take the strategies and skills that you learn and put them to use.
It’s a punishment. You may think that because you’ve been selected at your company for an executive coaching program that you’re not good enough. But most businesses think of it as more of a reward.
Coaching is built on a model of development, not of fixing. Your company sees the potential in you and believes that you have what it takes to become a successful leader in the business. At Arden Coaching, we don’t think of our clients of having anything wrong with them. The assumption is that you’re whole, creative, and can come up with your own solution.
If you believe that executive coaching could help you improve your leadership skills and make you a more effective member of your company, click here to contact Arden Coaching and set up a consultation.