You are no doubt considering coaching because you desire to accelerate your growth and progress. Now the question is, What kind of coaching will help you most?
Here’s your choices:
Perhaps you have a boss or supervisor who is skillful enough to coach you. More and more of today’s organizations are developing leaders who coach and communicate rather than command and control. However, it may be difficult to really be open with your boss about the personal and professional challenges you face. He or she also may not have the coaching skills needed to help you move forward.
Peer Coaching From Within Your Organization
Perhaps you can find an ally or friend within your organization who cares enough to help you. Such a person is probably familiar with your behaviors, strengths, and weaknesses. When you take the risk of asking a peer to help you, you’ll quickly learn if this friend can also be a coach. Keep in mind that peers may not see the whole picture, or have the depth of understanding or objectiveness to be of great help.
Peer Coaching From Outside Your Organization
It may be possible to find someone in a non-competitive industry to be your coach. With today’s social global connections it’s easier than ever to build relationships with knowledgeable people wherever they are. This kind of peer may offer candid advice, because they are not in a position to harm a friendship. On the other hand, they may not have the emotional sensitivity required to help you make substantial change.
Do you even need a coach other than yourself? You are probably very aware of your own strengths, weaknesses, and behaviors that both help and hinder. At some level, self-coaching is the most ideal form of coaching. It may take longer to get results, but if you are diligent enough, it can be very helpful. Of course, it can also be as dangerous as doctors who self-medicate. We tend to judge ourselves by our intention and others judge us by our actions. We may have blind spots that hinder our growth and progress.
An expert coach has both training and experience to help the coachee accelerate both behavior and results changes. Finding an expert coach who has been trained and certified in executive coaching is a good start. At least you’ll know they are serious about their coaching practice, live up to ethical standards, and have mastered an effective coaching process. But, you will also want to inquire about the coach’s background, professional experience, life experience, and make sure you “click” with him/her.
An expert coach will be candid about your behavior and performance. He will make suggestions about how to improve, grow, and accelerate your success. He will help you as a leader create your own personal leadership brand by combining behavior and results into a leadership identity.
I am an expert coach.