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Executive Coaching

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Executive coaching is a powerful, focused and effective development tool for senior leaders in any organisation. Executive coaching sessions are skilled and targeted conversations that challenge and support executives to help themselves, and their business, to excel over the long term.

Whether you are focused on attaining an individual career goal, success with a team project, or are going through a time of transition or return to work after a break, the IoD executive coaching service is designed to support you in achieving your ambitions via targeted and skilled conversations with an expert coach.

Executive leadership coaching works best when it:

  • is used to help drive culture change in an organisation
  • helps individuals to address specific issues or enhance their performance when taking on a particularly challenging work role or project
  • provides professional and personal development that is particularly appropriate for those in senior positions who have little time and for whom being lonely at the top can be a common experience
  • is driven by the needs of the client. Working with an executive coach is about assisting people to achieve their full potential, with a focus on what they want to achieve now and in the future. It is a partnership between the executive coaches and the client for a defined period of time

The benefits to the individual

  • Preparation for role/career changes and joining the board
  • Methods of managing stress, change, conflict or crisis
  • Enhancing personal impact and performance
  • Identifying solutions to specific work-related issues
  • Increased openness to personal learning and development

​ The benefits to the organisation

  • Greater commitment and buy-in from directors and senior managers
  • Retaining talent and keeping staff engaged
  • More creative outlook in business planning
  • Improved management of other staff
  • Building positive relationships between people and departments
  • Facilitating the adoption of a new culture in your business

Return on investment:

Business coaching generates learning and clarity for forward action with a commitment to measurable outcomes. According to the recent ICF Global Coaching Client Study conducted by PWC, 86% of companies say they made their investment back from an executive coaching engagement.

The IoD Executive Coaching Service

  • Executive coaching
  • One-to-one executive coaching
  • Team coaching
  • Return-to-work coaching
  • Transition coaching
  • Virtual executive coaching

Executive coaching can also be integrated into our bespoke development solutions to support and implement the learning application. To find out more, please contact our team of experts.

What is included?

The executive leadership coaching service includes the following benefits:

  • A free 30-minute session with one of our professional development experts to assess coaching needs
  • Coachee support pack
  • The executive leadership coaching process

The process starts with an initial discussion with experts from the IoD team who will seek to understand your objectives, the level of your existing skills, knowledge, behaviours and your motivation.

Executive coaching process

1. Assess - A 30-minute complimentary session with one of our professional development experts to identify your specific coaching needs

2. Identify - We will choose an appropriate executive coach to work with you based on experience, sector and compatibility

3. Set goal - You will set SMART objectives with your coach (including confirmation of the number of sessions required)

4. Prepare - Use action plans, diagnostic tools and assessment results to aid your coaching experience

5. Implement - Your coaching sessions will take place in a safe, comfortable environment over a period of dates/times that are convenient for you

6. Reflect/Debrief  - Evaluate, determine success and determine next steps

7. Perform - Take your career to the next level

How the IoD chooses the right coach for you

The IoD executive coaching team have a broad spectrum of industry experience, coaching expertise and skills.

It is important to seek a coach with these core credentials:

  • A member of an established professional coaching body
  • Have undertaken at least diploma-level training accredited by one of the professional coaching bodies
  • Sector/organisation experience and expertise
  • Can provide references and testimonials if requested

Once we have identified one or more coaches that meet the above criteria, it is important to establish that you have the right ‘chemistry’ between you.

Research suggests that the single most important factor is the quality of the coaching relationship. Therefore, first and foremost you need to ask yourself, “Can I work with this person?”

We will encourage you to have an initial conversation with each of them and decide whether you feel comfortable enough to be really open and honest; while also feeling that the coach will give you the type and level of challenge that you’re looking for.

Once you can answer “yes” to both of these questions, you’re ready to go.

Next steps

To develop a programme for your organisation, or to find out more information please contact the professional development team to discuss your coaching needs and goals.