More and more, executives and business leaders are using coaching to improve their performance, much as a top athlete might use a coach. Within an organization coaching is sometimes reserved for top executives, but in others it is an important part of the development of key talent at all levels.
Finding yourself in a leadership position does not mean that you suddenly have all of the answers. It does, however, mean that expectations and demands are high. Quite often it also means that there are few people either within or outside your organization that you can turn to. It can be lonely at the top.
Coaching is a confidential relationship within which it is safe to share and discuss things that you can't really talk about elsewhere. It is a place where you can let your hair down, look at the decisions you face, establish personal and organizational objectives, set priorities, develop plans, brainstorm strategies, anticipate and overcome obstacles, and choose among options.
One of Dr. Hester's particular strengths is in helping clients discover things that "they don't know that they don't know." Such discoveries allow clients to better assess risk, but even more importantly they often open the door to new options and opportunities for innovation.
An Executive/Leadership Coach will help you with four levels of learning:
A 2013 study by the Stanford Business School, found that executives frequently use coaching to improve many different skills. Among them are: