Many CEOs are so focused on the growth of their company that they neglect their professional relationships and become disconnected from those around them and what it takes to lead. Having an executive coach will force you to take the time to reflect and learn from your successes as well as your mistakes.
Executive coaches are multifaceted; they act as an educator, mentor, confidant, challenger, guide, and coach all in one. They create a safe environment for you to engage in a collaborative dialog rooted in sharing ideas, exploring concerns, considering new perspectives, and improving performance. Executive coaching can be especially valuable to CEOs for a number of reasons.
Leadership is something that is learned and mastered. Whether you’re the CEO of a large company or a small start-up, executive coaching is a valuable experience that will help you grow and gain self-awareness to become the best leader you can be. Good executive coaches do their best to help you tap into your own problem-solving abilities by asking questions, challenging your assumptions, providing resources, helping to provide clarity, and occasionally offer bits of advice (with your permission).
Most CEOs are in their position due to their talent, skill, and hard work ethic. However, many CEOs don’t necessarily have the full set of skills needed to build and effectively lead their company, but they may not know it. Research shows that many of us don’t see ourselves very clearly. This is a problem for CEOs especially because self-awareness in leadership is closely correlated profitability and organizational effectiveness. Executive coaches will help you identify your best qualities and how to use them to your advantage to take your leadership abilities to the next level. Executive coaching offers CEOs the opportunity to self reflect and become more aware of their strengths and shortcomings.
How you are perceived greatly impacts your ability to lead. Executive coaches may gather input from others about how they see you and share this with you. This will help identify strengths to lean into and harness and areas of improvement that can be worked on. Whether your speaking to a team of employees or pitching to VCs, executive coaches can help you come across more likable, confident, and competent. People value honesty and openness. In fact, it’s been proven that employees prefer to follow leaders who are self aware. This means self-awareness can lead to employee retention, better working relationships, and success both individually and collectively.
The tone of the entire workplace can be set by the personality and mannerisms of the founder and CEO. Some companies have taken on certain personality traits (both good and bad) that can be traced back up to the executive suite. An executive coach will help you gain greater awareness of what traits of yours are being picked up by others within the company so you can be more mindful about your own attitudes and characteristics. A good coach will help a CEO see the impact of their behavior.
The Angel Advisors offers an exclusive twelve month executive coaching program in Atlanta, GA. It is aimed to C-Level executives, seniors leaders and young leaders as they prepare to assume greater responsibilities and expand their leadership capabilities.
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