Anyone can claim to be an executive business coach. This doesn’t automatically mean that they really are. There are no formal requirements for the role of executive business coach, but that doesn’t change the fact this is a role that requires knowledge, experience and commitment. Rather than take the chance of hiring someone that really doesn’t know a thing about coaching, take a look at three qualities you always want to ensure your coach possesses.
- Knowledge: A skilled coach is a wise coach. They should be able to provide you information about the process of coaching that will be used for your desirable results. The process that the coach offers should help you define your path versus your challenges, help you learn where you are starting at and the end result that you are hoping to achieve. The coach must be able to clearly define how they can benefit you, their approach to helping you and help you learn the new skills that you can use.
- Skills: Although an executive coach might not have a degree to hand over, what he can provide is proof of his skills and talents. This could be through testimonials from other people that he has worked with, references that you can phone, or through a detailed portfolio of information. All three? Even better. Always know why you are hiring an executive coach: you need their expertise. Make sure that the coach you select does, in fact, have what you are looking for.
- Personality: Your coach should have a personality that matches your own. This will make it much easier to worth with the coach on a regular basis. There are many coaches out there, so finding someone that is compatible shouldn’t be difficult.
An executive coach can alter your life in so many positive ways. Choose your coach wisely; make sure that they always have the three qualities listed above.