How to Choose An Executive Coach

April 17, 2023
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Why and how should you choose an executive coach? One of the most powerful things we can do for ourselves is to get out of our own heads and talk to a vested person who can see more of ourselves than we can sometimes see. Sometimes this is a spouse or sibling. And sometimes, it needs to be an Executive Coach. Executive Coaches are career professionals who can help you in ways your spouse or sibling probably can’t. They should have specific training to help leaders while also having experience in supporting others as well. Erika Andersen for Forbes put it nicely in this article on ways an Executive Coach can help you. 

As women, we often find ourselves caught up in the day-to-day grind of working. Sometimes this work is exhilarating, often exhausting, but usually, always it’s all-consuming. Especially on top of all the other things competing for time. Self Care. Child care. Community care. It’s easy to get lost in the routine and forget about our long-term goals and aspirations. However, it’s important to take the time to think about our future and make plans that align with our goals. One way to do this is to work with an executive coach who can help us make more efficient plans and provide us with guidance and support.

Finding the right executive coach could be a daunting task if you’re not sure what you are looking for. It’s important to consider a few key factors. Here are three helpful tips to consider when looking for an executive coach that will be a good fit:

1. Personality Fit and Good Rapport

It’s essential to find an executive coach with a good personality fit and with whom you feel comfortable working. A coach who can build rapport with you can create a safe space for you to discuss your concerns and explore your goals. A coach who is easy to talk to and has a positive attitude can motivate and inspire you to reach your potential. When selecting a coach, looking for someone who can adapt to your personality, communication style, and learning preferences is important. But also who you care for as a person as well. Being uncomfortable around them for any reason could be a red flag that it’s not a good fit for both of you. A coach is a friend, so you should mesh well. 

2. Proven Results

When it comes to executive coaching, results matter. Experience matters. You must be able to say it’s worthwhile for me to invest my time and energy in them because it will bring me results. Working with a coach with a track record of helping clients achieve their goals is essential. A coach who can demonstrate proven results can give you confidence in their ability to guide you through your professional journey. Look for coaches with testimonials or case studies showing their ability to help clients reach their potential. Ask for references, and check them out to verify the coach’s experience and expertise. And referrals! That is really how you know.

2. Working within the Same Niche

Executive coaching is broad, and different coaches specialize in various niches. Finding a coach with experience working within your industry or niche is important. A coach familiar with your industry can provide valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities you may face. They can also provide relevant examples and help you tailor your approach to your specific situation. Working with a coach who understands your industry can help you achieve your goals more efficiently and effectively. This does not mean that the person is from the same field, but try not to look for an executive coach for finance and tech if they specialize in non-profits. While coaching can be beneficial in many spaces, coming from a similar niche can help. 

As women, we need to take the time to think about our future and make plans that align with our goals. Sometimes surviving the day or even the year is all we can do. But when we have the bandwidth, we should take that opportunity to invest in ourselves to grow better. Working with an executive coach can be valuable in achieving your professional aspirations. When looking for an executive coach, it’s essential to consider factors such as personality fit and good rapport, proven results, and working within the same niche. Finding the right coach can create a roadmap to achieve your goals and maximize your potential.


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