Executive Coaching as one of the avenues for professional development is growing across the world. In countries like India where culturally people do not ask for help, where it is seen as a negative thing to even seek counsellers or psychiatrists,knowledge about who are coaches and how they can help is relatively unknown.
In India, External Executive coaching as an organizational intervention is still in the nascent stages. There are some early adaptors like Microsoft, Aditya Birla Group and Sapient that have deployed structured coaching programs for use by their leadership teams. But still executive coaching as a budgeted line item in the Leadership development budgets is not seen explicitly.
Why wait for your organizations to wake up to this phenomenon? You may be lucky if your organization adapts this and also you get an opportunity early enough to achieve your development objectives.
For the first time many industries that have emerged in the last 20 years or so, are facing a situation of large number of senior experienced leaders and too few employment opportunities commensurate to their experience, skills and potentials. In other words, the competition for senior leaderships roles is quite high. It is quite challenging for these senior leaders to stay employable till the rest of their careers. And some of their development needs are very specific to them, which may not always be acquire-able through a public Leadership training program, Executive coaching serves this specific need for senior leaders to work on their specific development needs to achieve their Career goals for the rest of their careers. And stay ahead of their competitors in the Employment space.
But, what can a Executive Coach do ?
Here is a good quote by Thomas Leonard considered to be the father of the modern Coaching fraternity
A coach is your partner in achieving your personal goals, your champion during turnaround, your trainer in communication and life skills, your sounding board when making choices, your motivator when strong actions are called for, your unconditional support when you take a hit, your mentor in personal development, your co-designer when developing an extraordinary project, your beacon during stormy times, your wakeup call if you don’t hear your own, and most importantly: your partner in living the life you know you’re ready for, personally and professionally.
The question for you –
How would you want to leverage an Executive coach to your advantage ?