A worthy definition of executive coaching for me is: “The art of facilitating the performance, learning and development of another” Downey (2003) as quoted in Hawkins & Smith (2006 pg 21).
I work with my clients to:
- Increase their self-awareness: so that people's understanding of the impact that they have on others is increased and checking whether this matches their intention
- Encourage self-motivation: to make the small but significant behavioural changes required to achieve more successful outcomes to situations
- Achieve enhanced self-esteem: noticing more successful outcomes, gathering positive feedback, getting more and more 'comfortable in one's own skin' all contribute to greater self-esteem and confidence.
The coaching relationship: allows for “Robust dialogue, born out of fearless compassion” Hawkins & Smith (2006 pg 7).
I work with a focus on leveraging strengths as well as addressing any development need the client recognises and has the desire to work on. The coaching evironment I endeavour to create is a trusting one and one of support and challenge to maximise the learning opportunity for clients.