One-on-one coaching, or executive coaching as it is otherwise known, is a process in which a professional coach works with an individual to help them achieve their professional goals.
At The Leadership Coaches, our team of credible coaches support many of our clients by providing one-on-one executive coaching. Having worked in various industries, our coaches are experts in maximising each person’s potential irrespective of the industry they work in.
We currently provide coaching to national and international clients. If you are ready to find out more about one-to-one coaching, review the information below or contact us today to arrange a no-obligation consultation.
What is Executive Coaching?
One-to-one, or one-on-one, executive coaching is the process of helping individuals develop their leadership skills. Coaching can help individuals learn how to be better leaders, make better decisions, and improve their communication skills.
During one-on-one coaching, the coach listens, provides support, and offers feedback to help the individual better understand their strengths and areas for improvement. In many cases, this type of coaching can help people learn new skills, change their behaviour, and improve their overall productivity.
What Is the Aim of One-to-One Coaching?
There are many reasons why leaders might seek out one-to-one executive coaching. In some instances, they want to focus on a specific goal, like empowering leaders or teams. In other cases, they may need help overcoming obstacles and challenges, such as managing stakeholders or leading a team.
For this reason, the overall aim of one-to-one coaching greatly varies as it entirely depends on the needs of each individual. Whatever the aim of coaching, we provide each client with a bespoke programme tailored to their needs.
It is important to note that coaching is not a quick fix. Instead, it is a process that takes time and commitment from both the coach and coachee.
Carol's coaching style allowed for a relaxed environment and created the opportunity for me to lead on finding the solutions to dealing with my obstacles. It brought me back to focusing on my core values and became the catalyst for reframing of my thoughts and feelings in such a way that I have become a lot more positive about my direction. I have a strong sense of discipline, and therefore trust my assurance to self that I will maintain the progress achieved over the course of the coaching sessions.
I have been running my own business for 35 years and thought I knew everything... until I met Wendy. She taught me some important skills about better communication and how to remove self-limiting beliefs that we are all plagued with but try to keep macho quiet. Once these were lifted I used the skills that Wendy covered and it is now a joy to go to work and talk to my staff in terms of what motivates them rather than what I want. I can't recommend what Wendy does enough, the value is almost life-changing.
Navjeet has a talent for honing into the heart of an issue. She supported me during a difficult transition period of my life and helped me view my situation and feelings more objectively.
Navjeet has a wonderful way of facilitating discussions with empathy while offering razor-sharp insight. During my work with her, I learned to look at things through a different lens and develop resilience to work through what felt like insurmountable issues. I would highly recommend her any personal or professional coaching.
I worked with Simon on career coaching. At the time I needed some clarity on various career options. Simon helped me to consider my options and fully explore the pros and cons for all those I had been thinking about. He helped to provide some real clarity and made me realise just how unhappy I was in my current job. As a result of our sessions I had the confidence to apply for a new job, I was successful (and left my old job). This was a big step as I had been there for a long time. Simon was an excellent coach, totally professional and I would recommend him to anyone without any reservation.
What Are the Benefits of Executive Coaching?
Executive coaching comes hand-in-hand with numerous benefits.
As one-on-one coaching provides leaders with the time and space they need to reflect on their performance within their role, it enables them to determine what works well and what may need improving. In doing so, leaders can begin to recognise what needs to change for them to perform at their best.
In addition, one-to-one leadership coaching can:
help leaders explore their current leadership practices.
support leaders in gaining insight into the impact their leadership currently has.
assist leaders in experimenting with new behaviours and strategies.
aid leaders in implementing changes and reviewing how well they work.
help leaders manage and maintain change.
Executive coaching also contributes to higher satisfaction levels within the workplace and enhances productive working relationships.
Furthermore, coaching helps people clarify their thinking and set and achieve goals.
A study conducted by the International Coaching Federation shows that clients report a fivefold increase in their ability to achieve their goals following coaching, whilst others report a ninefold increase in their ability to take action on their goals.
Executive Coaching at The Leadership Coaches
Before commencing executive coaching, we first establish who the stakeholders are and their expectations. Following this, we arrange a coaching chemistry session to ensure that the chemistry between the coachee and coach is suitable for a trust-based relationship.
Once the coachee and coach have agreed to work together, a contracting session establishes objectives, roles, responsibilities, commitment, and frequency of coaching. At this stage, we additionally verify confidentiality.
As the first series of bespoke one-on-one coaching sessions occur, the coach and coachee work together, the coach learning about the strengths and challenges of the individual, together they explore the topics for progression and through a process of deep listening, incisive questioning, appropriate support and challenge they identify strategies for goal achievement.
In between sessions, the coachee implements their actions and deepens their learning around the pragmatic actions they’re taking, which informs the next step in moving towards the objective(s).
We conduct a mid-point review following the first half of the coaching sessions. This enables all parties to ascertain the effectiveness of the sessions and demonstrates whether the coaching intervention is on track. Upon completing the mid-point review, additional coaching sessions focus on developing the objective(s) and addressing any new areas identified in the mid-point review.
When the series of executive coaching sessions come to an end, a final review is held to consider the lessons learned and celebrate the coachee's success.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here, we share just a few of our frequently asked questions surrounding one-to-one executive coaching.
How Will I Know if a Leadership Coach Is Right for Me?
At The Leadership Coaches, we offer each coachee the opportunity to participate in a coaching chemistry session. These sessions enable the coachee to meet with one or two of our coaches to determine if the chemistry is right for a trust-based relationship.
How Many Coaching Sessions Are Usually Required?
The number of coaching sessions required entirely depends on the coachee. However, a typical coaching package often includes six-monthly one-to-one coaching sessions and three triad preparation/review meetings.
How Can a Leadership Coach Help Me if They Are Not Familiar With My Work?
Throughout coaching sessions, the coach supports the coachee and employs tools to learn more about them and how they manage various situations. All of our coaches have a wealth of experience in leadership coaching; the years they’ve spent training, refining, and in supervision, means you can be confident they will be able to support development towards goal achievement.
What Is the Difference Between One-on-One and Executive Coaching?
Executive coaching and one-to-one leadership coaching are similar. Both coaching styles support coachees in enhancing their performance at work, and both help individuals develop new skills and relationships with colleagues and employees.
Why Is Executive Coaching Important?
Executive coaching is important for various reasons. It provides leaders with a space to talk openly and is designed to provide a thinking space. In addition, executive coaching can support work-life balance and well-being, offer different perspectives, and reaffirms for leaders the value of nurturing themselves. There are many other benefits of executive coaching, which you can read about here.