A recent article in the Irish media explored the area of Executive Coaching and Coaching Cultures. The article spoke of the importance of getting the chemistry right with a coach and that this can mean you check out a number of coaches – a process described in the article as similar to “kissing frogs” before finding your prince. As coaches (and in this case the frogs) we in TOWARD share this view.
Some of the most profound and long lasting change that we see in leaders happens through executive coaching. The coaching space provides a powerful learning environment that allows the client to become more self-aware and to commit to sustained behavioural change. To do this, there must be trust and commitment from coach and client to the process and the relationship itself ie: the chemistry has to be present on both sides. Both parties’ responsibilities and commitments should then be clearly contracted and connected back into the wider organisational system.
Each TOWARD coach understands that they will not be the “Prince” every time. And that’s ok. When they are, they will use the chemistry to work with warmth and edge to release the brilliance in their client.
The TOWARD Team