"We must become the change we want to see." Mahatma Gandhi
Executive coaching addresses the unique development challenges faced by both experienced and aspiring leaders. These challenges are generated from four distinct sources; namely, the person him or herself, the situation, followers, and the environment in which interaction occurs.
Change any of these variables and the performance and results are impacted for better or worse. Just because success or failure occurred today does not mean that tomorrow will produce the same performance or results.
Joan Kofodimos said it best in her book, "Your Executive Coaching Solution: Getting Maximum Benefit from the Coaching Experience," that at its core an executive coaching program must deliver on certain prerequisites including:
1. Providing insight into leadership behavior and style, 2. Clarifying purpose, 3. Improving relationships, 4. Broadening perspective, 5. Developing new leadership skills, 6. Enhancing ability to overcome barriers to change, and 7. Improving ability to learn.
Clearly, the coach's task is not to tell war stories, take a stand or pontificate.
The real task of the coach is to assist executives develop their best abilities and capabilities so that they may better pursue a successful direction.
Personal and organizational mastery of changeis the key benefit derived from engaging a coach!