When to work with an executive coach

You hire a plumber to fix a plumbing problem. You hire a doctor to deal with a health issue. Likewise, you need to hire a coach for the right reasons. Otherwise, working with an executive coach can be a waste of effort.

An executive coach can help you to realize your full potential. However, working with a coach takes a lot of effort and time on your part. If that’s not what you want, a coach may not be the right solution for you. Work with an executive coach when you:

Get a promotion or a new job because a promotion or new position can be intimidating to enter into on your own. An executive coach won’t only support you, they will also help you to enlist stakeholders (your manager, direct reports, peers, and others) to assist in your success.

Are open to learning and growing since there are times when you aren’t open, and those are not good times to work with a coach. When you are open to the hard work of learning new things, you’ll actually be vested in your development.

Want to explore career options and you want a “thinking partner”. Figuring out your next step, whether it’s at the company you already work at or someplace else is a big deal. A coach can help you decide what’s next for you.

Want to be more balanced whatever that means for you. An executive coach can help you with work-life balance, and they can also help you to be more balanced in the ways that you manage and lead.

Can almost touch the future but it keeps alluding you. You know you were destined for something greater, but you can’t quite get there. A coach can help you get unstuck and can hold you accountable for realizing your future self.

Want to become more self-aware because you’re finding out there are lots of things getting in your way of becoming all you can be, and most of them are you. Self-awareness will help you to see your gaps and coaching will help you to step over them.

Want to become more aware of others now that you’ve discovered you actually have to lead them. You know you have to influence people to get the work done, but you don’t know how. An executive coach can help you find the leader within.

Are weary of the parts of your job you dislike so much that they are negatively impacting everything else. A coach can help you to stop tolerating the stuff you don’t like and explore options for them.

A great leader who wants to be even greater but you don’t know what it takes or how to do it. Every leader – even the great ones –  has “hidden potential”. An executive coach can help you tap into that and realize all of your potential.

Have the energy and time to do the hard work that coaching requires. Coaching is more than the meetings with your coach – it’s about how you take that learning and commit to doing the work required between meetings. Feeling energetic and making the time to do those things are necessary for you to have results.

Have you worked with an executive coach? What would you add or disagree with on this list?

I am a former executive in a Fortune 100 company. I have owned and operated an executive coaching firm since 2003 called Aspire Collaborative Services LLC. We partner with great leaders to help them become even greater at developing, improving, and sustaining relationships with the people who are essential to their success. This blog is for leaders and those who help them to be more intentional about relationships at work. My top personal values include respect for others, kindness, compassion, collaboration and gratitude. I work very hard at practicing my values daily and when I don’t succeed, I practice some more. I am married with two wonderful daughters and two spoiled pugs.