Executive coaches are neutral third-parties who work with professionals to help them gain self-awareness, clarify goals, and fulfil their potential.
Coaches may work with a specific individual directly, or be hired by a company to work with a number of employees.
Originally the preserve of senior executives in large companies, as the coaching industry has grown in popularity coaches now work with people in a wide range of roles.
The coaching industry has continued to grow over recent years - expanding from its foundations with senior corporate executives to professionals across experience levels and industries. We expect coaches to be in demand in areas from tech to music, and advertising to nonprofits.
- Career Roadmap & Career Strategy
- Coach-ability and the Desire to Coach Others
- Conflict Resolution
- Facilitation of Discussion
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forumWhat's the day-to-day like for an Executive Coach??
Most coaches work with a roster of clients. Sometimes all of a coach's clients will work at the same company, but more often they'll work across different companies and sometimes even completely different industries.
Typically a coach will meet with a client for 45-60 minutes every 2-3 weeks, as well as doing regular check-ins by email, text or phone. Depending on locations, schedules and client preferences, coaching sessions can be done in-person, by phone, or by video call.
The day-to-day for a coach includes running coaching sessions with different clients; collating actions, notes, and resources for their clients; and also working on marketing and business development. Rather than being retained on a salary within an organization many coaches either work freelance or as part of a larger practice, so generating new business is a key part of their work.
A coach's work may include some travel as well as regular professional development through training courses, meetups, and other learning opportunities.
— Howard G.
forumWhy did you decide to become an Executive Coach??
As a company founder I noticed I found it very fulfilling to help the people I worked with to overcome challenges, get unblocked, and become more successful (although it was only much later that I realized what I was doing was coaching!)
I decided to train as an executive coach because I could see many people in my industries (creative and tech) lacked support and guidance: whether they were becoming an executive within a company, or building their own business. I knew about these challenges first-hand, so becoming a coach felt like a great way to help others strive to become the best version of themselves.
— Howard G.
forumWhat's the best part of being an Executive Coach??
I really enjoy being able to support people in making progress in their careers, and to play a small part in their successes. Hearing about and celebrating my clients' breakthroughs - whether large or small - is always hugely rewarding. My work as a coach also enables me to meet a diverse range of people from different industries, age groups, and geographies - and because of that I'm always learning something new.
— Howard G.