Here are just a few ways Tony Gregg, the director of Anthony Gregg, believes executive coaching could make you a better leader.
It helps you plan your future
Everyone has short-term goals, but do you have a clear idea of how you want your career to progress in the longer term? Leaders with a well-developed sense of who they are and where they’re going are proven to be more effective, and executive coaching will help you develop the skills needed to better understand your own future and how that aligns with business objectives, so you can make decisions that benefit both.
It enables you to lead by example
Being on the top rung within your company, or even your industry does not necessarily mean you are also a great leader. Leadership, like any other skill, needs to be honed and continually developed if it’s to truly be of use. Executive coaching won’t just help you learn the skills to become a better leader, it will ultimately also improve engagement among employees most affected by your leadership, leading to an altogether happier team.
It helps you recognise your strengths
Although you may already have a good idea of what your strengths and weaknesses are, executive coaching will give you the confidence to better recognise and lean into your strengths, while at the same time providing you with a clearer understanding of how to use your unique talents to succeed both in and out of the workplace.
It ensures you’re prepared
A fire extinguisher doesn’t exist because there’s already a fire. It’s there because there might be one in the future. Executive coaching is similar. It isn’t just there for when there’s a leadership problem, it’s there so there never needs to be one in the first place. By developing your skills through coaching, you can ensure you are equipped to confront issues before they develop into a full-blown crisis, rather than having to react once the damage is already done.
It gives you a sounding board
There are very few people who can look at something and stay truly impartially. Especially not when there is a colleague who could be directly impacted by the decision you’re about to make. An executive coach can be used as a confidant to help you understand the ramifications of a business decision and the strategy around it so that there are no nasty surprises when it’s implemented.