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What is Executive Coaching?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated Jan 24, 2024
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Executive coaching is motivation training that is aimed at helping corporate executives enhance their effectiveness in the workplace. The process of coaching executives usually involves elements of continuing education, exposure to many different ideas and philosophies regarding the proper management of a business, and concepts on how to retain enthusiasm for the work at hand and thus enjoy a high level of personal satisfaction with the chosen career. People with strong teaching and motivational skills often do very well with an executive coaching career.

To be effective in the field of executive coaching, it is important for the coaching professional to have excellent organizational skills, the ability to articulate information in a manner that students can grasp, and a great deal of enthusiasm for the subject matter. While not always required, obtaining executive coaching certification from a recognized and accredited continuing education entity is often necessary to attract clients. In addition, going through executive coaching training with an accredited program often makes it possible to offer that same course to others and award certification to those that successfully complete the program.

An executive coach may choose to work one-on-one with an individual, or conduct workshops and seminars with larger groups of executives. When working with an individual client, the coach will normally tailor the subject matter to fit the particulars of the executive’s work responsibilities. For example, a coach that takes on an assignment with a Chief Financial Officer will focus on such skills as how to effectively communicate with employees involved in maintaining the accounting and financial records of the business. At the same time, the coaching may also include instruction on how to present financial data to other company executives in a concise and professional manner.

Executive coaching may also take place in a group setting. The group may consist of executives associated with the same company, or be composed of executives that are all part of the same industry. In some cases, the coaching may be offered to members of a professional group, such as an association or a local chamber of commerce. With each instance, the coach is responsible for finding ways to convey the information in a manner that will resonate with the registered attendees of the seminar or workshop.

Executive coaching jobs may call for the coach to offer several sessions to an individual or a group. The time can be structured into sessions over the course of a weekend or even an entire week. Executive coaching can take place at a work site or be part of the activities offered at a convention or conference. The format for the sessions will often depend on the scope of the subject matter, the size of the group, and how much time has been set aside for the coaching.

Along with offering courses that motivate and inform executives, the work of executive coaching can also include offering guidance and inspiration to an executive over an extended period of time. This type of personal coaching is especially helpful when the executive is still developing his or her skills in a new position, or is facing challenges that are beyond the normal job related activities. With all types of executive coaching, the costs may be in the form of a set fee or be billed on an hourly basis.

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Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including WiseGeek, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.
Discussion Comments
By Moldova — On Dec 23, 2010

Cafe41-An executive coaching course is a wise investment for any company because the people of a company are its biggest assets.

If the people of a company are not happy because they are not valued or coached properly, then the company will falter with increased employee turnover.

It is difficult to convey any sort of vision when a company does not have high employee morale. This is why many companies offer leadership executive coaching courses so that the executive could fine tune his or her soft skills to maximize their leadership potential.

Leaders that inspire people will achieve much more than leaders that attempt to micromanage their employees. Micromanagement is a sign that the leader does not trust his or her employees.

If the employees are all treated this way, the manager will never be seen as a leader because in order to be a leader you have to execute a vision and allow your employees the freedom to execute that vision.

By cafe41 — On Dec 22, 2010

Anon70828-Executive coaching companies can really offer a fresh perspective for the executive.

Leadership executive coaching can outline areas of development and teach the executive how to attain growth in more than one way.

These are motivational courses in scope that try to develop the inner spirit of the executive to reach self actualized potential.

Often executive career coaching is about making small changes that have lasting results. For example, changing one’s mindset to incorporate more positive images will allow the executive to have a more opened mind and be able to handle a variety of challenges in a different way.

Also, having a positive expectancy of the results allows the executive to develop the necessary confidence to seek bigger and better things.

By anon70828 — On Mar 16, 2010

Whether you are an established business executive or a employer on the rise, you may want some help to jump start your career to the next level of success.

Career consultants can help you with clear decisions and make immediate, positive changes in your attitudes and behaviors that help you reach your full leadership potential. It can make a big difference in your career, your behaviors in and out of the workplace and create a new and improved self-image of yourself.

Malcolm Tatum
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Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing...
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