What is Leadership Coaching?

I coach people in many different types of organisations – large corporate organisations, small businesses, NFPs, government departments, primary schools, secondary schools and universities. I coach men and women at different levels of seniority managing teams of varying sizes. But the commonality is that all of the people I coach are leaders.

Leadership coaching is primarily about learning and growth. There is no structured program, as every Leadership Coaching engagement is bespoke. We will focus on your strengths and explore any shifts you might need to make to enhance performance. Through coaching you will grow your self-confidence, improve your communication and gain clarity.

Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being.” The word “ikigai” is usually used to indicate the source of value in one’s life or the things that make one’s life worthwhile.

A colleague recently wrote a great piece about Leadership Coaching and the role of a leadership coach is beautifully summarised in these four paragraphs:

When a leader has all the technical excellence, knowledge and resources to achieve a desired outcome, but is unable to make the difference they need or want in the space they work, more training is often not the answer. Leaders need something much more personal and involved: leadership coaching.

Leadership coaching is “tailored to the individual”, or rather, a bespoke development process for leaders that is achieved in partnership with a coach. The coach’s role is that of ally who, from the outset, believes that the leader has unlimited potential to achieve the goal or outcome that they have set for themselves.

The coach’s role is to help remove the obstacles that stand in the way of the leader attaining their goals. This is achieved through careful questioning and deep listening. The coach steps into the world of the coachee while maintaining a careful distance of objectivity, whereby they can gradually help the leader work through whatever is in the way of achieving the objective (either mental or emotional hurdles, such as beliefs, habits or fears). Through a process of inviting introspection and self-reflection, the coach helps the coachee clear a path for success.

Coaches don’t solve problems for the coachees, as the coachees are the experts in their own lives. Rather, the coach helps clarify and crystalize the goal, and aids the individual in finding their solution and committing to the action that will move the goal forward. The coach also follows up to see that it is achieved, and if not, invites more discourse and learning on this issue.