Leadership coaching involves working 1:1 with leaders at all levels to help them tackle some of their day-to-day challenges; these could be short, medium or long term. Some examples are:
- The challenges of leading a team/running a business
- Leading a team remotely
- The first 100 days in a new role
- Dealing with the politics of organisational life
- Helping individuals make the transition from ‘doing’ to ‘leading’
- Making the step from managing others to managing managers
- Influencing others in the organisation
- Managing the performance of others
- Managing upwards
- How to achieve balance between work and non-work
Dependent on the context, I often suggest a three way meeting/call involving the clients line manager (or other stakeholder) . This helps to ensure that all parties are clear what the organisation needs to see happen as a result of the coaching. It is usually helpful to repeat this process at the end of a coaching programme.
Coaching programmes are tailored to the needs of the individual and their organisation and can typically range from 4-6 sessions (of up to 2 hours) through to unlimited access over a period of a year. Other clients prefer short calls on a more frequent basis.
If appropriate, programmes can include one or more psychometric assessment and a 360 degree feedback process.
The kind of issues that I find clients want to work on include:
- Wanting to make a career shift, but not knowing how to go about it
- Uncertain about how to write a CV because it’s been a long time since they last wrote one
- Understanding how LinkedIn works
- Being made redundant and dealing with the emotional and practical issues that this involves
- Worried about how to go about finding another job
- Considering retirement or semi-retirement but uncertain how you want to spend the rest of your life
- Preparing for an interview or assessment centre
Typically career coaching involves 3-4 sessions (of up to 2 hours) but I will flex to the needs of the client and it may just involve 1 session or even a longer term arrangement.
Areas covered could include some or all of the following:
- How to prepare
- Mock interview
- Video interviews
- Preparing a presentation
- Presentation practice
- What kind of questions to ask in an interview
The needs of the client will dictate 'how many sessions' and for how long we will meet. As a guide I generally find that it can be useful to have one session focused on preparation, one on a mock interview and one if there are other requirements in the selection process (e.g. presentation, or some form of assessment).