What is leadership coaching?
Leadership coaching provides leaders with a personalized development program that builds their capability. Coaches work one-on-one with leaders over a period of time to help them address a specific business challenge. Because of my training as an Integral Coach, I use a well-established process when I work with leaders. The diagram illustrates a typical engagement. You can see the process includes my preparation as well as work for the leader between our meetings.
I work with leaders for sustained behaviour change. I use metaphors according to the ICC method to help my clients identify their challenge and visualize a new way to lead. I find metaphors are a powerful way of creating awareness and moving to change. I also use a variety of Everything DiSC® assessments to help leaders understand themselves and their colleagues. If the leader is looking for insights and support in how they function in a team, I use the 5 Behaviors of Cohesive Teams assessment as part of the coaching engagement.
When is coaching appropriate?
The value of coaching lies in the personalized approach leaders receive. The leader needs to want to make a change. And, the leader needs to be motivated and have capacity to create time to reflect and work on building new skills.
What should you look for in a coach?
When looking for a coach, look for someone who has been trained by an organization that is accredited with the International Coach
The Integral Coaching Canada (ICC) program is recognized by ICF and provided me with over 60 hours of classroom and hands on coaching support.
What is team coaching?
Team coaching involves working with in-tact teams. Sessions include one-on-one meetings with the team leader and team members. There are also group sessions where team members focus on specific topics and discuss how they can do better. I use metaphors from Integral Theory as well as the Five Behaviors of Cohesive Teams® to assess and coach in-tact teams.