The Importance of Coaching
by Demetra Anagnostopoulos
I have witnessed over and over again positive changes brought about by good coaching. I think of coaching as a conversation wherein one person, the coach, instructs, counsels, and tutors another in how to improve his or her performance. But let’s be clear: effective coaching yields much more than just improved performance. It also increases personal satisfaction, inspires a commitment to excellence, builds trust, and fosters the individual’s development as a leader. Effective coaching conversations bring out the best in the coach and those he or she is coaching. Together, they share responsibility for success.
When I think of a great coach, I think of someone who will listen, ask open-ended and challenging questions, and inspire others with stories about their experiences, victories, and even their failures. What doesn’t come to mind is a person who has all the answers, and prescribes or dictates to another what to do to succeed. The great coaches I know have the ability to guide individuals to their own solutions — thereby developing independent, strategic problem-solving skills.
Which brings me to some exciting news: our strategic partner Karlin Sloan has been named 2014 Executive Coaching Thought Leader of Distinction by the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches© (ACEC). Karlin is recognized as an industry leader who has nurtured and stimulated corporate executive coaches to greater levels of excellence. She is also singled out for her many contributions to the field of executive coaching, including her books, “Smarter, Faster, Better: Strategies for Effective, Enduring and Fulfilled Leadership” and “Unfear: Facing Change in an Era of Uncertainty,” and her co-authorship of “Lemonade: The Leaders Guide to Resilience at Work.” When I think of great coaches, you can bet that Karlin comes to mind.
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