My corporate clients include some of the largest tech companies on the planet, such as Cisco, Samsara, and Ford. By the time an organization offers executive coaching to their leaders, those leaders have demonstrated the ability to be excellent independent contributors, and most likely good managers. Think about what makes a great leader: good communication, great decision making, independently motivated, thoughtful about risk taking, the ability to get people to follow them, and many others. These attributes rely on a common denominator: behavior. How a leader shows up, how she/he listens to the team, engages with the team, develops, and supports the team, is all based on personal behavior. Business decisions, strategy, risk taking, and forward visioning and movement are also dependent upon personal behavior.
In my 15 years of international executive leadership coaching, I have seen brilliant minds at work innovating and creating amazing processes and products. I have also seen brilliant minds create chaos within organizations. Not because they do not care about their teams, but because of their lack of self-awareness about what is driving their behavior. This is my area of expertise. In hindsight, we all know when we have handled a situation poorly. In my work with clients, I help clients recognize unhealthy reactions, identify what the triggers are that cause them, and then shift into a new way of responding. This is the kind of growth and development that can strengthen organizations and the people within them as they move forward to the next level.