Leadership Coaching

"Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it " ~Dwight Eisenhower

A CEO who inspired loyalty, even though he had a reputation as a demanding leader, was the late Steve Jobs. His people willingly followed and worked their hearts out for him because they were all committed to reaching the singular goal of creating Apple products that provided an exceptional customer experience.

The hallmark of an effective leader is successfully motivating his staff to do exceptional work willingly and voluntarily for the good of the group and the organization

The late Steve Jobs exemplified a CEO who inspired loyalty even though he had a reputation as a demanding leader. His people willingly followed and worked their hearts out for him because they were all committed to reaching the singular goal of creating Apple products that provided an exceptional customer experience.

Each company has its own culture. Leadership coaching is a process of assisting individuals in their interactions with superiors, peers and direct reports within the company’s unique culture.

The primary benefit of coaching is helping leaders identify challenges, work through them, and transform learning into organizational results that improve the bottom line

Coaching Fosters Self-Awareness

The behaviors that were successful for an individual in her previous job may not work in a new culture. Coaching helps the individual become more aware of behaviors that can sabotage her position within her company or at a new company over the lifetime of a career.

Leadership coaching is intended to bring an executive’s actions in line with what constitutes success in the company.

There are three essential ingredients to a successful coaching engagement:

  • The commitment of the client and his manager with the support of Human Resources.
  • Agreement on the goals of the engagement.
  • Follow-up and feedback mechanisms

Above all, the client has to want coaching. Self-motivation and the desire to succeed will result in a successful coaching engagement.

The Coaching Process

The scope of a client coaching engagement includes:

  • Establishing goals for the coaching experience
  • Conducting assessments using tools such as Myers-Briggs and Emotional IQ to understand the client’s natural behavior and aptitudes
  • Providing input to an action plan the client writes with benchmarks to be met over the course of the engagement
  • Sharing the plan with appropriate stakeholders
  • Giving feedback to the client and stakeholders over the course of the engagement
  • Periodic follow-ups and adjusting the plan, when necessary

The Timeframe

Client coaching usually takes place over a six-month period. This timeframe can be adjusted based on individual circumstances. Frank facilitates the coaching, both in-person, by phone or online.

E-coaching is becoming more the norm, as it is often difficult to arrange a time and place for face-to-face coaching, especially for executives in high demand with heavy travel schedules.

A coaching assignment can be a combination of in-person, online and by phone. Whatever it takes to make the coaching possible and successful.