Executives are the ones who are responsible for the direction and control of others and for the execution of the work performed by them. They are more than the general managers or the department heads in an organization. Executives have the sole authority and responsibility for day to day administration. Accordingly, they should have the ability to steer an organization or a company in a path of growth and development. But, it is not an easy job to maintain the consistency or tempo, as sometimes even high-performing executives on the team do fail to deliver in such a complex and ever evolving global business scenario we are in, as such, necessitating it for an intermittent specially designed coaching or counseling. Hence, as the CEO of a corporation or a company, you need to keep in mind what Jesus had said some two thousand years ago to his disciples – ‘the student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.’ Therefore, the wise and experienced can be the best coaches. From time immemorial, the older and more skilled taught the young how to hunt, cook, guard and be successful in every aspect of their lives in the community. In course of time, as the idea of coaching developed, initially organizations started employing psychologists to understand employee motivation and development needs as well as for recruitment, selection and assessment purposes. But, later on when industrialization brought in far reaching changes in economy and business, making the performance and productivity unavoidable as index of growth and development; accordingly the approach and methodology of coaching and mentoring too underwent drastic changes. As such, evidently the coaching today is for the high performer, top talent and those leading an organization.
When we think of coaching as imparting knowledge or skill to perform certain duties; routine or occurring from time to time efficiently and proficiently; it again reminds us of Jesus who said unto them, ‘follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ When you look through his way of teaching and instilling faith and confidence to perform and move ahead against odds; you cannot but regard him to be a successful and inspiring coach. As a CEO, you can learn a few traits from him and use them to consolidate your dispensation. In that context, we may be at one with them who describe coaching as a type of counseling and guidance. However, coaching is a technical term that grooms a professional with better guidance, support and technical assistance. It can also refer to the mentoring, guidance, support and training provided by the CEO to his team of executives in order to further develop and upgrade their skills for the benefit of the organization. In fact, it is a life-long process designed to help people become more effective and successful in life as leaders. Hence, if you are really tired with your work or facing logjams in the way, it is high time to get a coach. If you have any doubts; just consult any experienced professional, he would surely recommend getting the assistance of executive coaching.
Performance coaching or executive coaching brings about qualitative changes in the organization. Accordingly, you can expect higher levels of honesty, productivity and achievement from the members, which in turn, helps your organization take a steady path of progress. A good coaching also reduces intra-company squabbles and employee conflicts as various issues are thrashed out in a systematic and regular manner. However, the most important benefit of coaching is it helps employees understand their jobs better, realize their responsibilities more closely and prod them to set their targets with increased determination and clarity. As a result of which, there will be higher level of job satisfaction and motivation resulting in higher deliverance in the organization.
But, it is not an easy job to select an efficient executive coach. However, there is no harm following some professional tips to find the right one. As per the tips – check through their track record and you can easily find their ability, professionalism and adaptability to get along with other executives in changed circumstances. You can also verify their experience and expertise in the profession. A coach with long years of experience with bright track record can prove to be a potential executive for your organization.