Leadership coaching is an invaluable tool for any leader looking to take their skills to the next level. But before you can reap the rewards of a coaching session, it's important to be prepared. To help you get the most out of your leadership coaching session, here are seven steps to ensure success. Set Goals.
Before attending the coaching session, make a list of your personal goals. This will help you and your coach focus on what you want to achieve and how you can get there. Gather Data. There are several psychometric techniques available to help understand your personal motivations and behavioral trends (for example, DISC, Insights, Hogan, Myers Briggs). The advantage of seeking information in this way is that it will help you and your coach to better understand how they behave and also why. Understand the Commitment.
Leadership training programs are often grouped into packages of 4 to 8 sessions of a couple of hours each. However, it's important to keep in mind that attending these meetings is only a small part of the commitment you'll have to make if you want to experience the type of transformation you desire.
Find the Right Coach. When selecting a coach, look for someone who is EMCC accredited, a senior coach supervisor accredited by EMCC, a member of the Leadership Circle Coaching Association, an accredited NLP practitioner, and someone who has experience with 360-degree feedback and psychometrics. Be Realistic. Professional coaching has been shown to mitigate the effects of languor by 38%.
Coaching has also been shown to reduce exhaustion by 52%, increase resilience and improve organizational performance. Of those who start out with a low level of well-being, 77% will significantly improve their state of well-being in 3 to 4 months with personalized support.
Have the Right Mindset. When it comes to preparing for your professional coaching session, it's important that you present yourself with the right attitude. Think of this process as aggressively improving your approach to leadership so that you can become a much stronger leader.
It's one thing to participate in practice sessions, role-playing exercises and “homework” assigned to you by an executive coach. But beyond that, it's important that you take action outside of the coaching sessions in order to make real progress. By following these seven steps, you can ensure that you get the most out of your leadership coaching session and achieve success. With the right preparation and commitment, you can become a much stronger leader.