From high school to business school, education mostly focuses on polishing the aptitude, numerical ability, and verbal reasoning of individuals. Unfortunately, little attention is directed towards the Emotional Intelligence of these individuals, if at all.
Consequentially, when these astute individuals join the workforce, they become impeccable employees but weak leaders. Psychological research in the field of leadership reveals that over 78% of high-potential employees struggle with managing their emotions and directing them in the right direction at work.
So, who can solve this ballooning problem that’s halting success and growth at an individual and organizational level? A qualified professional who works with these high-potential employees to guide them in the path of self-awareness, view their goals with clarity, achieve their development objectives, unlock their potential, and act as a sounding board; A.K.A. an Executive Coach.
Types of executives who can benefit the most from online executive coaching programs
- Executives to need to identify and optimize their action plan in a new role
- Capable executives who lack the social skills to excel as a leader
- Top performers who are at the very edge of the burnout cliff
- Executives who are struggling to fit into the organizational structure and failing to diffuse conflict
- Highly experienced managers who are struggling to maintain healthy communication owing to the widening generation gap
- Leaders who need a mentor to lend an ear and help them manage their organizational problems better.
4 positive impacts of Executive Coaching
- Growth as a leader: “leaders aren’t born, they’re made”. And, an executive coach plays a significant role behind every successful leader in modern times. The clientele of an executive coach like me includes members from the tech, medicine, and finance industry. They are highly qualified individuals with exemplary intellectual ability. However, they often lack the emotional intelligence it takes to be a highly successful leader. Executive coaching gives –
- Social skills.
- Better decision making: it is a challenge for leaders at the top to get an honest opinion. Get someone to call them out when they are taking the wrong path. History has it; it has led to the fall of the greatest leaders. An executive coach bestows their valuable opinions and feedback backed by data, honesty, and an ulterior motive. Thereby, it results in better decision making.
- Keeps a business on track: The whole is always bigger than its parts! Executives often get so wrapped up in the short term goals that they forget to take a look at the broader perspective. This can be highly de-motivating and brings down potential. An executive coach comes in at this moment to show them the progress they are making. Or that which needs to be made by offering a much broader perspective of the scenario.
- Empowerment & Personal Development: via encouragement and personalized feedback, coaching can help inspire leaders and executives. Coaching is a tool to promote personal well-being and happiness, central to retaining top talent.
Keep in mind that not everyone can be a reliable executive coach. Executive coaching certifications and a handsome portfolio are what you should be looking for.