The growth and development of an executive is a fundamental building block of success in any company especially amidst the small to mid-size markets where decisions from leadership have even a higher and more immediate impact on outcomes as compared to their Fortune 500 counterparts. And yet, this is an area that is often overlooked by organizations as well as individuals.
The general assumption goes like this: The executive holding the title should just know what to do in all situations, simple and complex.
But they don’t because reality paints a different picture.
In today’s high-pressure business environment, executives are so incredibly busy responding to workplace pressures that they hardly have any time or energy for their own development and growth as leaders. They spend the majority of their time in “reactive mode”, a style of leadership that invites stress and anxiety to them and their teams, not to mention the lack of sustainability over the long term.
When an executive doesn’t know how to make the best decision in a critical situation, the pressure from above forces him or her to make a decision anyway while bearing all the consequences.
In most companies, when the executive wants to better connect with his or her managers or resolve issues in his teams or explore alternate solutions to pressing problems, the standard answer is to resort to dry business books or worse, rely on his or her own devices.
A successful seasoned leader instead relies on the objective and impartial sounding board of a professional coach who can expertly help him or her navigate the choppy waters of leadership, who is trained to see the leader’s blind spots and call him or her out on it and who can appropriately challenge the leader as well as support him or her as the case may be.
An executive trained by such a coach in the essential leadership skills such as executive presence, effective communication, a high level of trust and influence, quick behavioral analysis, smart decision-making process, and chaos management, to name just a few, knows how to resort to a well-thought-out proactive approach even under times of high stress and pressure. This executive understands the impact and the responsibility that lies within every decision and intends to make the right decision first time around, every single time.
The irony that most do not realize is that executive coaching doesn’t “take time away”. It gives time back, and plenty of it to boot, by teaching the executive to take the most efficient approach to problems.
Similarly, executive coaching doesn’t “cost a lot of money”. It is an investment that pays off multifold and results in business growth and increased opportunities.
You may wonder why that is. Let’s take a look: A poor decision under extreme pressure almost always leads to poor results, ranging from minor frustrations to unforeseen catastrophes such as loss of major accounts or even lawsuits, all of which take up unnecessary resources, time and energy to “clean up”.
A well-trained leader knows how to ensure that the first decision is the best decision every single time.
To achieve the level of leadership mastery that enables an executive to consistently make the right decisions, it is imperative that they intentionally and consistently invest time and energy in their own development. This investment is not for the executive alone. Their resulting behavior and actions directly impact their managers, their teams, their customers and partners and in short, their entire ecosystem.
A truly effective executive has to learn the many facets of strong leadership and to do so, they need more than years of experience on the job. If they are to raise their game to match – and go beyond – the requirements of a high executive office, executive coaching is the only path to get them there.
Are you this executive?
If you are a high performing executive with a proven track record of success and are now facing challenges for which you do not feel adequately prepared, if you feel your value as a leader has reached a plateau and you are intent to break through it to increase the business results and performance you drive, and last but not least, if you have a fierce desire to learn and grow, let’s talk. I can help.