Leadership coaching is all about showing you how to most effectively use the resources, tools and skills at your disposal.

A leadership coach is there to help you improve your efficiency, empathy, communication, direction, confidence, creativity and so much more. These are skills that we can all work on.

Leadership coaching is not just for underperformers. Some companies may offer their own leadership coaching schemes but if not, we would highly recommend that you seek out your own. For the very best results, leadership coaching should be done one-on-one and on a regular basis.

So, why do you need leadership coaching?

"With a leadership coach, there is someone there to ensure you do what you say you are going to do."

An outside perspective

If you’ve been grappling with a particular issue or aspect of your leadership for some time, it can often help to have another set of eyes take a look. As someone who is totally removed from your day-to-day work and unburdened by pre-conceptions, a leadership coach can offer a unique insight. Use them as a sounding board to bounce ideas off and get some initial feedback. They will be able to provide some suggestions based on their experience working with a range of different people and companies. Through the process of clearly and accurately explaining the situation to your coach, you may actually achieve some clarity yourself and reach a conclusion.

Someone to hold you to account

When it feels like there just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done, self-improvement slips to the bottom of the priority list all too easily. With no dedicated time set aside for it or firm deadline to have completed an action by, nothing ever gets done. As a result, the effectiveness of your leadership will simply plateau. With a leadership coach, there is someone there to ensure that you do what you say you are going to do. They won’t let you get away with weak excuses or putting it off for another day. Ultimately, more effective leadership will make all of your other tasks easier so it is worth investing in a leadership coach who will push you to do your best.

A more positive attitude

When asked to reflect on the effectiveness of our leadership, people tend towards the critical. For many people, it can often be easier to reel off a list of their perceived failings than have the self-confidence to highlight where they actually excel. It is all too easy to fall into an incredibly negative and pessimistic mindset. Without someone guiding and motivating you, it can be very difficult to get out of that rut yourself. A leadership coach will not only work with you to address your areas of weakness but also help to build up your self-confidence. Hopefully, they’ll help you to discover some hitherto unknown strengths.

Impact on others

By signing up for leadership coaching, you can make a big difference to the wider organisation, as well as yourself. A successful company is the result of excellent leadership. By taking the initiative to partake in leadership coaching, you are demonstrating your commitment to ensuring that your organisation has a bright future ahead of it. The better a leader you become, the more effective your team will work and the happier the work environment will be.

For more information about Leadership Coaching programmes speak to Senior Client Partner & Executive Coach, Sam Malik;