What is Executive Coaching?


The International Coach Federation, (ICF), defines Executive Coaching as a “professional relationship between a trained coach and a client … with the goal to enhance the client’s leadership or management performance and development”

It is a creative and collaborative 1:1 synergistic process focused on a coachee who has an impactful leadership and managerial position and whose decisions have a significant impact on their organization.

What makes Executive Coaching different than Life Coaching?

The most important difference is that executive coaching focuses on work functioning and that the organization itself is often a stakeholder in the process. With improvement in the client’s performance as a manager and leader, the organization seeks improved performance.

What are the Targets of Executive Coaching?

As in life coaching, the coach and client clarify values and construct a vision. This process leads to a mutually identified set of goals aligned with the client’s ideals. Just as in life coaching, the effort also focuses on developing an approach to overcome obstacles both inner and external.

With the help of a coach, action plans can be developed with greater clarity and monitoring can promote commitment. The result is that objectives can be reached more rapidly and effectively.

Coaching targets are individualized and prioritized with each client. They can include mastering conflict, improved confidence, consensus building, etc. Often an objective is improved decision making skills through the development of agility in balancing competing priorities.