Executive coaching

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Definition: Executive coaching is a goal-oriented form of consulting that is specifically tailored to the needs of managers in companies.

It aims to strengthen the skills, self-confidence and effectiveness of managers and to support them in mastering their complex tasks.

Why executive coaching?

Today's managers face a variety of challenges:

  • Digitalization and technological change: Companies must constantly adapt and develop in order to survive in the competition. Managers need the ability to control change processes and to take their employees with them on this journey.
  • Globalization: Companies are increasingly operating internationally. Managers must develop intercultural competence and work with people from different countries and cultures.
  • Knowledge society and shortage of skilled workers: Qualified employees are rare. Managers must motivate, encourage and retain their employees.
  • Changing world of work: Flexible working time models, home office and new work concepts require new leadership approaches.

Executive coaching can help leaders overcome these challenges and improve their leadership skills.

Objectives of executive coaching:

The goals of executive coaching are determined individually Coach and leadership determined.

Common goals are:

  • Development of leadership skills: e.g. B. Communication, decision-making ability, conflict management, leadership, delegation
  • Increasing self-efficacy: Strengthening belief in your own abilities to successfully overcome challenges
  • Improving leadership performance: Making collaboration more effective Team, increasing employee motivation
  • Development of solution strategies: Dealing with current leadership problems and challenges
  • stress management: Dealing with professional pressure and stress
  • Work-Life Balance: Work-life balance
  • Preparation for new tasks: e.g. B. Taking on a new leadership position

Management coaching process:

Executive coaching usually includes several sessions that are arranged individually.

Typically the process is divided into the following phases:

  • Initial consultation: Clarification of the issue, objectives and framework conditions of the coaching
  • Analyse: Recording the current situation, strengths and weaknesses of the manager
  • Coaching-sessions: Working on the defined topics using various coaching methods
  • Transfer: Implementation of the acquired findings and action strategies into practice
  • Conclusion and feedback: Reflection on the coaching process and results

Methods in executive coaching:

Various methods are used in executive coaching, e.g. E.g.:

  • Conversation management: Active listening, goal-oriented questions, reflection
  • self reflection: Examination of your own leadership behavior and its impact
  • Role Playing: Practicing leadership situations in simulated scenarios
  • Mental training: Strengthening mental strength and emotional intelligence
  • Feedback instruments: e.g. B. 360-degree feedback for self-assessment and external perception

Benefits of executive coaching:

Executive coaching offers companies and managers numerous advantages:

  • Increasing leadership quality: Better leadership behavior leads to higher employee satisfaction and higher productivity.
  • Improving the corporate climate: Motivated and satisfied employees contribute to a positive working atmosphere.
  • Reduction of errors: Improved decision making and problem solving can help prevent errors.
  • Increased employee retention: Motivated and developed employees are more likely to stay loyal to the company.
  • Sustainable development: Executive coaching enables continuous learning and further development of executives.

Who can become an executive coach?

There is no uniform training for leadership coaches.

Executive coaches often have completed training in an economics, psychology or pedagogical area as well as additional training to become a coach.

Many years of professional experience and experience in leadership development are also important.

Keywords: Executive coaching, leadership skills, self-efficacy, leadership performance, solution strategies, stress management, work-life balance, leadership behavior, employee leadership, coaching methods

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