Executive Coaching

Resourcing and developing the work of leadership

Executive coaching provides a confidential environment where the challenges of leadership can be explored with candour and sensitivity, and where new capability and confidence can be developed. As a result of coaching, leaders:

  • Identify the vital connections between their individual leadership and the organisational performance 
  • Focus on what really is within their power to influence 
  • Renew their energy and feel encouraged to take fresh action   

Our approach to Executive Coaching

  1. The client is the expert in his or her own world – so the primary role of the coach is not to dispense advice but to enable the client to
    • See things in new ways
    • Develop the resources, skills and confidence to act in new ways.
  2. You lead out of who you are – which means that the task of leadership development is always personal as well as professional. Executive coaching provides a confidential environment where the individual leader can make connections between the challenges faced by the business and their own thinking and behaviour.
  3. Coaching addresses the leader's current challenges – which means that what gets addressed in coaching sessions is practical and business-focussed rather than theoretical, and can be immediately applied in live situations faced by the leader.
  4. Leadership is not only required 'downwards' to staff - but also 'upwards' to the senior party (e.g. shareholders or 'partnership'), 'sideways' internally with peers, and 'sideways' externally with clients, industry bodies and other parties. Developing as a leader requires that all directions receive attention.
  5. Learning to lead often requires 'un-learning' - in other words the willingness to recognise habits and to experiment with change. This requires the patience to self-reflect and the commitment to practice new approaches, both inside and outside of coaching sessions.
  6. Leadership doesn't require you to be somebody else – in fact it is said that you are most effective as a leader when you can "be yourself, more, and with skill". Coaching provides a space to understand why people will be led by you, and how to bring your 'best self' to the fore more often.
“Peter is incredibly insightful and through probing and persistent questions, time and again, has helped me get at the real issues. He rarely proposes any solutions but rather, has helped me go deeper into issues and challenges, find myself within that space and develop my own next steps and approaches. I have found Peter's ability to balance the professional and the personal, the job and the person spot on.”

- Director, Not-for-profit

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