Lucy Davies coaching: why leaders need an executive coach

7 reasons you need an Executive Coach

(aka your secret weapon)

It’s easy to think that other leaders have got it all figured out. But in reality, most leaders’ secret weapon is their executive coach.

In fact, according to a 2013 survey by Stanford Graduate School of Business Professors, 51% of senior executives reported they had an executive coach outside of their organisation.

There’s also a big misconception that executive coaches are for leaders that have done something wrong. While it’s true that a coach can help somebody to see their blind spots or tweak behavioural issues, these days, coaches can also guide leaders towards a flourishing career path.

So what are some of the top reasons why leaders bring an executive coach on to their team?

1.   You’re experiencing burnout

Can you imagine a world where your professional success doesn’t come at the cost of sacrificing your other needs?

This is something almost every leader struggles with at some point in their lives, and has increased massively since the fallout of the pandemic.

With the help of a coach, leaders can explore what’s truly depleting them intellectually, physically or emotionally. An executive coach can guide you towards aligning your values with your career, and set effective boundaries.

2.   You need a new strategy or culture

The best coaches will help you to recrystallise both your leadership, and company vision. As leaders work on their strategy and spell out “by the end of this year, we will be…”, coaches can challenge their thinking in the best ways possible.

They say that culture changes from the top down, so if you’re looking to make fundamental changes to the way your business is run, it starts with the leader.

Working with a coach allows you to hone in on the habits that make you a great role model for the rest of your team, so that you can set a precedent.

3.   You want to create influence

A great leader inspires and influences their team, as well as the right stakeholders. To do so, they must work on their presence as a leader.

With the help of a coach, leaders can develop a magnetic aura and come up with a concise messaging campaign. A coach will also help you to map out an influence plan that aligns with your values.

4.   You have to deliver a certain message

Whether you’re making changes within your company, or simply need to work on your communication skills with your team, nailing your delivery is truly a leadership life hack.

With the help of a coach, refining your communication skills will allow you to express your very own style of leadership without fear.

5.   You can’t see your own blind spots

If we’ve been told we’re difficult to work with, that’s when a coach can really help to look at things from another perspective.

By understanding how we come across to others with the help of an executive coach, leaders can really take things to the next level. 

6.   You’re contemplating your next step

Ever found yourself questioning your career path, wondering if you’re on the right track? You’re not alone – over half of all UK leaders said imposter syndrome was affecting their ability to lead their team.

The beauty of executive coaching is that it can create a safe space for your own self-discovery. An executive coach will help you to unravel your strengths and passions, so that you can gain crystal-clear clarity on your goals, whether personal or professional. They really are more closely related than you may think.

7.   You need an objective opinion

It can be lonely at the top. That’s why an executive coach will serve as your trusted advisor, delivering honest feedback to fuel your growth. Within the safe space of a coaching environment, you’ll explore alternative perspectives outside of the boardroom.

Is executive coaching the secret to great leadership?

It absolutely can be! The power of executive coaching should not be underestimated – particularly for female leaders juggling both work and home life.

Coaching is a transformative process that every leader should experience at some point in their career. And the people in your life, whether at home or at work, will thank you as you discover clarity and balance along the way.

Remember, seeking help from a coach is not a sign of weakness. It’s a proactive step towards crafting the life you deserve – and all in a much shorter time frame than you would believe is possible.

Book your free intro call with me today to see if we’re a good fit.