Many of us think that once we reach the top … or near the top of any organization … we’ve made it, and there is nothing left to learn. Well in the words of J.F. Kennedy;
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other”
There are many ways for leaders to continue to learn once they get to the top of their organization. One of the most effective and economical ways is to hire a coach.
Think about it – the benefits of working with an executive coach are not always obvious, but here are a few;
Improve Profitability – improving executive performance by only a small percentage in areas of high dollar accountability can have a dramatic impact on the bottom line
Save time – coaching enhances executive effectiveness, career satisfaction, confidence and retention. This saves a significant amount of time and money that might otherwise be lost from low productivity and turnover of both executives and their direct reports.
Increase personal and professional confidence – leadership, time management, planning and other leadership skills can be improved significantly
Increase creativity and energy levels – coaching provides a fresh perspective without bureaucracy and hidden agendas. Coaching interactions are oriented solely toward your personal well being and are about you being more productive, successful and satisfied.
Faster decisions – coaching provides an experienced sounding board, helping to remove obstacles so that you can make better decisions faster, as you build your skill set for permanent positive improvement.
Greater efficiency, confidence and results – a coach facilitates discussions to help you find your own best solutions that will accelerate your path to the “other side” of the myriad of professional and personal challenges that you’re confronted with daily.
Immediate results – with an experienced coach who asks probing questions and offer tools and techniques that add confidence to your thought process and decision making. Coaching sessions are seasoned with real time feedback; using formal coaching techniques and a broad base of business experience that helps you meet today’s demand for immediate results.
As further evidence to the need for the “top dog” to get some outside perspective be sure to pick up the book; “The Five Temptations of a CEO: A Leadership Fable” by Patrick M. Lencioni – it’s a great little book that every senior manager should read.
As a seasoned executive with real world experience and professional coaching credentials, I am passionate about helping others develop their leadership skills, improve their leadership behavior and overcome their personal leadership challenges.
If you’re the boss … you probably need some help – you just don’t know it yet.