Why Coaching?"It is not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference!"
- Bear Bryant
Athletes know it. Good coaching makes the difference in individual and team performance. Winning teams succeed because they are coached to be winners. Everything they do, everything they think and everything they say is carefully filtered through the eyes and ears of the coach.
Executive coaching is a crucial tool in transforming leadership behaviors within organizations while aligning entire leadership populations behind new business goals and operating priorities. Coaching is essential to maximizing individual executive or managerial performance while ensuring overall organizational health and profitability. But is it worth it? Emphatically, yes! A study of 100 executives from Fortune 1000 companies revealed that executive coaching yielded an average return on investment of nearly six times the cost of the coaching. Few investments yield such a substantial return, one that truly benefits everyone in the organization.
The overall goal of executive coaching is developing the skills and knowledge of the leader to ensure a continual striving toward excellence. Coaching provides high functioning leaders wanting to better their lives with an opportunity to be challenged and motivated. In this scenario, the role of the coach is to hold them accountable in a trusting relationship.
Executive coaching creates the environment that enables people to perform to the best of their abilities, helping executives see alternative behaviors in their activities. It enables them to gain greater competence, and overcome barriers to improve performance.
For the Christian Executive, coaching is a ministry of parakaleo, a word that speaks to the concept of coming alongside a leader to offer comfort, encouragement, and affirmation. And what leader could not benefit from those things in his life?
Power...prayer...performance...productivity. This is what the executive coach brings to the relationship.