CEOs and senior Managers in business are increasingly benefitting from the support and challenge of an executive coach.
Why do they feel the need? Well a coach can provide support to:
- enable personal growth
- develop leadership qualities such as confidence, strategic thinking, ability to motivate
- improve team working and managing
- bounce ideas off in a safe and confidential environment
- address any issue which may be holding them back from excellence
So why is it so often the domain of Senior Managers and Executives and not, for example, teachers?
Teachers fulfil a vital role in our society. We entrust our children to them. We expect them to provide excellent role models for the well-educated, balanced individuals who will, in a few years time, be entering the world of work.
Teachers are prepared for this extremely important role with teacher training and thereafter inset days and short courses but how many of them get the individual support of a coach?
Coaching helps an individual overcome their individual blocks whether that is lack of confidence, lack of understanding, an issue with a particular colleague or some other specific concern. It is effective where a short course or a training session in stress management fails.
I’m guessing that there are a number of reasons that coaching is less common in schools,
Lack of awareness – teachers don’t know that coaching is available to them and they don’t know what it entails.
Lack of understanding– where teachers have heard of coaching they think it might be ‘mentoring’ – i.e. someone advising them or telling them how to change, or counselling –looking into their personal history and maybe involving a commitment over a period of years
Pride – teachers feel they should be able to cope and flourish without a coach. (Unlike Bill Gates who says everyone needs a coach https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLF90uwII1k)
Concern about cost – teachers may think that there is no ‘spare money’ to pay for coaching rather than realising how cost effective it is. Coaching can improve the quality of teaching, reduce stress, reduce high staff turnover and this can mean reduced costs in terms of covering staff absence or paying recruitment costs
My personal experience of coaching has enabled me to change my approach, break out of negative thinking, attempt new things, learn and develop. As a coach myself I’ve had the joy of so many times seeing the ‘scales fall from the eyes’ of people I coach as they suddenly see things differently and make a great leap forward.
Let’s not leave the benefits of coaching to the Executives. I’m with Bill Gates on this one ‘Everyone needs a coach’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLF90uwII1k