The value of coaching lies in its ability to unlock an individual’s potential to maximize their own performance. It helps people to learn and change by putting their unique strengths and talents to work. They discover new ways to think about and tackle work challenges. Coaching provides a space for reflection and for understanding. It facilitates behavioural change and helps the individual take action and change what they do – often with remarkable results.

People seek a coach for a variety of reasons. To manage difficult relationships or conflict at work. To manage stress and overload. Or because they want support with a change effort. They may come with specific goals in mind: to improve performance or productivity, or to enhance communication and people skills. Sometimes they are looking to improve and increase their insights into the dynamics, emotions, politics and systems at play within organisational life. Or they may come with a wish to develop themselves more generally as they step up or change career or take up a new senior role. Increasingly, cross function leaders and matrix team managers look for joint coaching to help them develop their collaborative and joint leadership of projects and services.


Executive Coaching

Leaders and executives look to get a range of things from coaching too. Most value having a trusting relationship and a confidential space to be themselves, and to break the loneliness of experience at the top. Many relish the opportunity to think about their role and the context they are operating in, with a professional coach who can offer them an impartial, external perspective, as well as support and challenge. Others look to coaching when they are about to steer the organisation through times of challenge or change. Many leaders are come to coaching to explore ways to better resource themselves and their leadership, in the face of the increasing demands and paradoxes. Some find that coaching provides a safe and productive place where they can explore their identity and purpose, leading to transformative shifts in the way they operate. Coaching is increasingly recognised as being one of the best ways to enable CEOs and senior leaders to develop their leadership and discover the best ways to lead their organisations to success.

Finding ways to be more effective as a leader is far easier when you work with an experienced executive coach who can help you achieve the goals and aspirations you set.

Team Coaching

Teams may find that they need to re-evaluate or take stock of how they are working together. Sometimes they find themselves in trouble with the pace of change, with rapid integration of technology or with differences in outlook, identity, and experience. Sometimes they need to integrate new team members, to embrace new objectives or new ways of working or they may need to adapt to remote or hybrid working. Teams of all kinds use team coaching to become more effective, to get better at what they do. Finding ways to collaborate and deliver on the purpose of your team is as critical for top leadership teams, as it is for teams in the frontline of operations. Working in partnership with a team coach can help your team to become more effective in delivering your goals. A coach can help your team develop a shared understanding of your collective task and discover ways to foster a more accountable, cohesive and supportive team climate, so that you can become a more effective and productive team.

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Also see Chapter 12 working with equity, diversity and inclusion in teams by Tammy Tawadros and David Birch

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