Executive coaching starts with a breadth and depth of questions, including:
- Clarity of personal aspiration, values and guiding principles
- Identification of critical organizational and leadership challenges
- Understanding of core leadership strengths and limitations
- Awareness of patterns, beliefs, and behaviors that limit effectiveness
Leadership requires a vision of a future that consistently evokes commitment in support of leading change. The energy to impact organizational performance and culture is driven by a vision for change.
An understanding of distinctive leadership capabilities and limitations is critical in support of effective organizational leadership. As leaders gain greater awareness of core strengths and weaknesses, they can more effectively choose how to better leverage those strengths and develop their weaknesses.
Executive coaching often focuses on the "how" of leadership, including:
- Understanding the intended and unintended consequences of beliefs and behavior
- Strategies for increasing influence
- Building more effective, sustainable relationships
- Skillfully and openly communicating decision making
- Resolving conflict with greater efficacy
- Communicating with more intention and transparency
Effective coaching is about listening for the distinctive opportunities and challenges a leader faces and then co-creating strategies to address them.