9 Signs You're Ready for an Executive Coach

By XINNIX | August 1, 2022 | Training

Some business professionals look down on coaching for executives and view the need or desire for coaching in a negative light. Nothing could be further from the truth. Executive coaching is a wise investment in future success. 

Executive coaching services can be found in so many places. However, the most effective performance coaching program is tailored to the needs of your unique marketplace, your business goals and where you want to go in your career. 

You have the potential to do incredible things, and an effective executive coaching system can help you achieve higher performance and greater personal satisfaction at work.

How to Know You Are Ready for Coaching

1. You’re ready to put in the work.

Change is hard. Even managing change with your team requires intense planning, serious execution, and ongoing follow-ups. It is no different once you’ve decided to level up your performance with an executive coach.

Effective coaches will help you identify progressive milestones with specific goals, but you know that YOU are the one who needs to do the work. 

2. You’re ready to invest time and energy.

There’s serious work to be done before, during and after coaching sessions to explore and deploy self-development. Your day is probably packed, but it is critical to set aside time to do the work. 

You are willing to intentionally block time in your day (and on your calendar) to do high-energy work. You know that deliberate and calculated work requires energy and time. 

3. You’re ready to hold yourself accountable.

Accountability is all about accepting responsibility for your actions. It is easy to claim wins, but growth also requires acknowledging when you’ve missed the mark. 

You are the only person standing in your way. You are willing to hold yourself accountable for making progress, and you’re done with justifications.

4. You’re ready to be committed.

Commitment can be challenging. Just take a look at how often people fail to meet their New Year’s resolutions.

A commitment to learn, grow and develop professionally is required to actually learn, grow and develop. You are steadfastly committed to stay the course and endure the process to achieve organizational, professional and personal excellence. 

5. You’re ready to take risks and embrace change.

Humans have a natural aversion to change. Fear of uncertainty, anticipated later regret and a desire to avoid potential loss all come into play. Unfortunately, those elements associated with change can limit or prevent personal and professional growth.

Making a change means you may need to experiment with new behaviors, actions and ideas, but you are willing to take risks and embrace change. You know that, as Zig Ziglar said, “One of the main reasons people fail to reach their full potential is because they are unwilling to risk anything.”

6. You want an unbiased resource for advice.

As you have advanced in your career, chances are that you have begun to feel more isolated. You work with more sensitive data that can’t be divulged to people around you. You sometimes need input and feedback, but you can’t share necessary information. Having a professional coach can provide an unbiased sounding board to help you make better decisions.

7. You have a desire to grow.

You want to achieve excellence professionally and maybe even personally. You don’t want to just “get by” anymore. You are ready to “go beyond,” because you know that excellence makes anything possible. You’re looking for some insights into what is holding you back and how you can reach the next level.

8. You have a desire to help others grow.

You know that leadership is more than task or goal delegation. It is about coaching, inspiring and mentoring. You’re ready to take your leadership skills to the next level, so you can help your team and others around you grow.

9. You’re ready to make time for self-reflection. 

Knowing who you are, where you are in your professional journey and being mindful of how others see you are all keys to achieving your transformational goals. 

Self-reflection helps you know yourself and improve your emotional intelligence, which will go a long way to improving your leadership and social skills.

Executive Coaching Is Your Investment in Success

The decision to move from “getting by” to “going beyond” can be daunting, and pursuing a journey of excellence is even more challenging. However, you have the potential to do incredible things! 

Achieving higher performance and greater personal satisfaction at work doesn’t have to be a solo expedition. Instead, you can rely on a professional coach to be your guide to both an immediate impact on your business and sustainable success. 

If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to become a top performer and what you can do to get there, contact us today to learn more.