Senior executives in business and partners in professional services firms often do not have access to the same peer group support available at more junior levels in an organisation. There is a lack of informal discussion forums in which to brainstorm with others and to challenge ideas. Factors contributing to this environment include:
- the confidentiality of client and internal business information managed on a daily basis;
- the sensitive nature of decisions frequently made;
- complexity of performance management issues that arise, or need to be resolved;
- pressure on personal & business performance targets; and
- competition for business, resources and results amongst peers at this level.
In a professional services firm, a number of factors such as the nature of the business (selling services, rather than commodities), and the partnership structure commonly employed, bring management challenges unique to such firms. Further the step up to leadership can be challenging and competitive and therefore LifeForward offers tailored coaching programmes specifically for directors on partner track and partners advancing in their careers to more senior leadership positions.
Find out more about LifeForward‘s Leadership Development Coaching Programme.
Benefits of leadership coaching
An leadership coach acts as an impartial sounding board and provides thinking space for partners and senior executives that can be crucial for sound decision-making and confidence. Leadership coaching can have a significant positive impact on the efficiency and performance of leaders, often removing mental barriers to success, thereby having a direct impact on the profitability and financial results of an organisation.
Objectives of executive & leadership coaching
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Leadership coaching for senior executives
During a leadership coaching conversation, a leadership coach uses a combination of listening, questioning, observation and feedback to create a conversation that gives the executive an in-depth focus on the matters discussed and greater self-awareness with respect to the problem. As with any coaching, leadership coaching focuses on measurable action-based, goal-specific outcomes.
A leadership coach aims to give the partner or senior executive improved clarity of both the issue itself and their own responses to the issue, thereby creating movement on areas of difficulty or concern. The partner or executive is therefore better able to move forward on issues, set clear actions and specific goals. Such action-based executive coaching aims to generate a clear improvement in efficiency and performance.
With a background of nearly 20 years in the professional services sector, I bring a focused, professional yet challenging approach to executive coaching. My empathetic style draws on many years of experience working at executive level in a global organisation whilst on placement in Asia, Africa and Europe.
Find out more: Sarah Reynolds – Leadership Coach
Leadership and executive coaching – what to expect
A typical leadership coaching session lasts 2-3 hours, and may be one of a series of 3 – 6 sessions spread over a period of months.
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All coaching conversations are confidential. The coach at all times maintains an unconditional, positive regard for the client and a belief in the client’s ability to achieve their goals.