The partnership that you build with your Executive Coach is an important relationship that will have an impact your leadership effectiveness. It is crucial that you choose a coach that you can establish rapport with easily; the results that you achieve through coaching in large part depend on the trust and transparency that exists between you and your coach.
As you choose a coach you should ensure that you consider the following:
- Understand what coaching is and what it isn’t. Executive Coaching focuses on enabling you as the client to tap into your strengths; your coach assumes that you are fully competent in your role and simply need a thinking partner to accelerate your success.
- Check for Credentials. An ICF credentialed Coach has completed stringent education and experience requirements. You can learn more at http://www.coachfederation.org/clients/hiring-tips/
- Ask for references from past or current clients.
- Interview more than one coach before making your choice; make sure that you feel comfortable with your coach
- Be as clear as you can about what you want to achieve through coaching.
- Ask for a complimentary session, this will give you a real sense of what to expect