Leadership Coaching

At Coach-To-Transformation, we understand that there is increased pressure on leaders and their teams with increased regulation, scrutiny and the need to be more accountable and transparent. According to Harvard Business Review, two out of five CEOs fail in the first 18 months and being a CEO can be a lonely and isolated role. The life gets busy, hectic, and chaotic.

A recent report entitled, ‘Coaching: A Global Study of Successful Practices – Current Trends and Future Possibilities 2008-2018’ commissioned by the American Management Association highlighted an expanding interest in companies using leadership coaching worldwide to improve people’s performance. Leadership coaching can prepare leaders for higher success, broadening their skills, self-awareness and confidence.

A leadership coach can be a confidant and a sounding board – helping a leader evaluate their options and make the best decisions. Our leadership coaches help their clients work through the complex and unclear issues, helping leaders establish initiatives that are clear, defined, and simple.

Leadership coaches work with you step-by-step, bringing you to a greater self-understanding, enhanced self-management, and increased depth of empathy. Your leadership coach guides you to acquire the basic skills associated with emotional intelligence. The following will outline several benefits of emotional intelligence on the workplace environment, some of these components come from psychologist

Leadership Coaching provides:

#1 Self-Awareness

As mentioned above, one of the main areas coaches target is self-awareness. There is a good reason for it; self-awareness is the catalyst by which growth occurs. Without that first step of realization, people blindly continue doing things in the same way as usual. Imagine going through life having certain situations, people, or thoughts trigger responsive emotions in you and being largely unaware of them. Maybe you are aware that you had a “bad” day, but why and what went wrong? Discovering the answers to these questions often begins with understanding ourselves. People with high emotional intelligence are very aware of their own emotions. This awareness leads them to regulate their feelings.

#2 Self-Regulation

Often times, awareness of one’s emotions brings about discipline to control one’s emotions. At the very least, the task of self-regulation is made more attainable. For example, imagine a scenario at work where you have to oversee a new employee and you face feelings of inferiority, but you do not recognize what your feelings are (you are not self-aware). All you know is that you feel uncomfortable, edgy, or uneasy when you deal with the person. Self-awareness is the first step in regulating your emotions and handling the situation with ease and comfort. Individuals with high emotional intelligence possess better self-regulation skills. Self-discipline is not limited to uncomfortable emotions. As your coach moves you along the path of greater self-control, you will notice an increased self-management in your professional life, too. You gain control over every aspect of your professional life and see improvements in time management, organization, and work-life balance.

#3 Empathy

Empathy is that special something allows people to feel how another individual is feeling. Chances are if someone empathizes with a problem you have, you feel it. Empathy is a powerful tonic that soothes the soul of the receiver. Empathy leads to understanding other people’s emotions and enhanced interactions with business colleagues and subordinates follows. Furthermore, people will easily be led by you and seek your counsel. Great leaders are empathetic. Rene Schuster, former CEO of Telefonica Germany, expresses the relevance of it in this quote: “Empathy is not a soft nurturing value but a hard commercial tool that every business needs as part of their DNA.”

#4 Boost in Cognition

When your mind broadens in one area, the tendency is for expansion overflow in other areas, as well. One of the key elements of emotional intelligence is the ability to view situations from other people’s perspective (hence, the empathy); when this occurs, your eyes are opened up to new viewpoints on many situations. In other words, a flexible mindset replaces rigid thinking. By exercising your brain, you boost cognition which will benefit your work in many ways.

#5 Motivation

Higher levels of motivation kick in as you start to see success. Who doesn’t feel a rush of adrenaline when their goals are getting accomplished? Once again it all begins with self-awareness; when people are self-aware, they discover intrinsic motivation, and with self-regulation, they channel that motivation in the right direction. It’s no wonder motivation is a crucial ingredient to being successful and happy. In the workplace, it is the driving force behind the difficult task, long hours, and seemingly impossible obstacles. Without motivation, you would have no workforce.

#6 Social Skills

Social skills make up the fabric of successful relationships, whether it’s in the workplace or elsewhere. Teams with high emotional intelligence, have an abundance of advanced social skills. They have excellent communication skills, which mean they can lead without coming across dominating; they negotiate effectively so that all parties feel like it was a win-win situation; they work well in teams, combining their leadership and negotiation skills to help accomplish the goal.

#7 Better Leadership Ability

People with high emotional intelligence are better leaders, in part because of empathy. People under your leadership need to know you hear them, understand them, and more importantly, that you care about the situation. Colin Powell once wrote, “Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”

As your leadership coach helps boost your emotional intelligence quotient, you see a positive impact on the workplace environment. Securing an leadership coach boasts several benefits, but enhancing self-awareness, and hence, increasing emotional intelligence rates at the top.If you are a business leader and want to improve your own performance and re-energise the business and your workforce. Or you are an organization which is looking for higher productivity and engagement from their leaders, then one to one leadership coaching is the ideal gift for them. Reach out to us at rajat@coachtotransformation.com

Let’s understand what leadership coaching is NOT:

  • It isn’t technical guidancealthough it’s true to say that some coaches have a strong technical background.
  • It isn’t career counsellingalthough many coaches certainly assist in helping leaders find the right fit and match for their talents and strengths.
  • It isn’t consulting(although the boundaries between coaching and consulting can often be blurred) where the consultant is really seen as the expert who comes in to solve a problem and give advice. Coaches on the other hand, prefer to ask questions and assist the leader to find their own solution.
  • It isn’t mentoringwho is someone who has trod the journey before. In this way, mentors are often informal supports either within or outside the organisation, but they have done the journey and typically have the wisdom of experience on their side. However, they can often be compromised with the company on the one hand and the needs of the ‘mentee’ on the other. Further, mentees are somewhat loath to bring up issues with them that might be considered ‘career limiting.’ Coaches instead, are generally hired from outside the team or organisation, have a broad range of experience and are skilled at managing discussions that might be deemed sensitive or ‘off limits.’
  • It isn’t training. Training usually doesn’t involve reflection and introspection, it’s usually not tailored to the individual and trainers are often not aware of the intricacies of human nature that undermine or sabotage behaviour (including success) or that bring about an individual’s downfall.

Leadership Coaching is used when Organizations grow and expand their leadership bench. When Leaders who want to gain an edge in self-marketing and branding. When Individuals targeted as future leaders who need to sharpen their skills.

It is estimated that over 60% of Fortune 500 CEO’s have their own personal coaches. While formal education and training equips leaders to handle the more technical demands of their role, their personal growth and relationship skills development are better addressed by a one-on-one coaching relationship.

Candid, thoughtful feedback is critical and harder to obtain as leaders advance in their careers. Unfortunately, promising careers can derail due to blind spots in critical interpersonal and leadership competencies. This can be devastating to the individual and extremely costly to the company.

At its best, coaching is a partnership relationship. Rather than the coach being “the expert” and providing answers for the client; the client is the expert in the organization and the coach helps the client to become even more of an expert.