For CEOs, the answer to this question is usually easy, the personal and professional gains a CEO expects from coaching usually have a direct correlation with results in their business.
For a senior executive, the question is more complex, because in addition to the relationship between the coach and the executive, there is the relationship between the executive and his/her manager.
As with most things, getting clear upfront about your intentions and expectations will yield better results. Here are some questions to consider if you are a senior executive with the desire to work with a coach:
- Is coaching for your general professional development?
- Or are there specific expectations that coaching is expected to address and that you will be accountable for?
- What is the contract between you and your coach?
- What is the contract between you and your sponsoring manager?
- As the executive in coaching, how will I demonstrate or communicate progress to my manager?
- If you have a sponsoring manager, i.e. the company is paying for your coaching, how does your manager want to be kept informed of progress?