What Leadership Development Coaching Can Do!
- Leadership Development Coaching is most effective when a highly functioning
leader is facing new and different challenges brought about by business
developments, organizational growth, or promotion to a new role with greater
authority and responsibility, or when the leader is named as a high potential
candidate for future growth.
- Leadership Development Coaching can effectively address aspects of the
leader’s communication, influencing, and/or management skills acting as barriers
preventing movement into a role with greater authority and responsibility.
- Leadership Development Coaching can be useful in turning around the
performance of a leader who has functioned effectively in the past and whose
growth and contributions to the organization have reached a plateau or even
diminished due to situational stress, cultural differences, or by a
misunderstanding of the means by which leaders in the business attain their
- Leadership Development Coaching is widely used in high-tech,
aerospace, and other engineering businesses in which individuals are often
promoted as the result of their technical achievements and competencies rather
than leadership talents. Many such technical leaders encounter challenges
calling for persuasive, collaborative, and political talents they do not
possess. A well designed and focused Leadership Development Coaching process
can assist many of these top technical performers gain a completely new set of
skills and benefit them and their organizations.
- Leadership Development Coaching can be highly
effective is when the organization needs to bring on-board an executive from
outside the organization. Oftentimes, coaching new leaders during their initial
adjustment to the sponsoring corporation provides the greatest return on its
investment. Out of eagerness to benefit from the high level talent of the new
hire, organizations typically immerse experienced business leaders into intense
pressures and challenges in a “sink-or-swim” fashion. In such situations, the
performance of on-boarding leaders will succeed or fail according to the degree
the cultures they left differ from the ones they are joining.
- Leadership Development Coaching can highlight organizational differences for the
leaders, illuminate the causes of problems they have encountered, and help them
acquire and adopt strategies and approaches that work in the new culture. In a
role similar to a guide on an outdoor adventure, the Leadership Development
Coach can help each individual leader navigate the organizational,
interpersonal, and political obstacles impeding progress. The Coach and the
leader will then create a partnership by which the leader gains the mastery
required to succeed and become a mentor or guide of others.