Executive Coaching: For When Personal Stress Affects The Workplace
Leadership is all about relationships. Executives and business owners do not only take their business self to work, they also take their personal self, so they need to manage both professional and personal interactions in their day-to-day life. If there is stress from personal relationships outside of work, this may affect workplace interactions with customers, employees and colleagues.
Maximizing Personal and Professional Potential
The ICF (International Coach Federation) has a very important definition of coaching: “Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential”. In order to get the most of our personal and professional potential, we have to be aware of one thing: we are all human beings! We are not perfect, and neither are leaders.
Leaders, like the rest of us, are also emotional creatures that can get caught up with emotions at times. Executive Coaching helps leaders become more “emotionally intelligent”. Executive coaches help leaders learn how to manage their emotions, think clearly, and make “emotionally intelligent” decisions. This skill can improve both personal and professional relationships.
Communication & Stress
Leaders sometimes become overwhelmed in their day-to-day social interactions – with friends, colleagues, employees, and loved ones. They can end up in psychological stress, causing lack of focus and loss of trust in others. Executive Coaching can help identity stress indicators leaders may have, enabling them to resolve stress-related issues.
Effective communication skills are particularly important in high stress situations. How leaders use communication to navigate through social, personal, and workplace interactions could make a difference in improving or worsening their relations.
Time For Themselves
Since executives and business owners have so much to deal with in their business life, they are often ‘time poor’. It is important for leaders to create some quality time for themselves when they realize that relationships are tense, motivation is waning, or stress indicators are high. When leaders get the free time to do what they are passionate about without negative pressures, it will help them replenish their energy and regain their motivation in different areas of their life.
An executive coach works beside the leader and helps them reach their potential in life and in business. Becoming a master communicator and relationship builder plays a significant role for an executive to get to where they want to be. Leaders benefit in becoming authentic and purposeful in all of their relationships.
Adapted from an interview with Rommel Catalan of Catalan Coaching
About Rommel Catalan:
Mr. Catalan is a licensed trainer for Coaching Out Of The Box, a Certified Executive Coach (CEC) from Royal Roads University and a member of the International Coach Federation. He empowers and challenges leaders to stretch and reach their potential to know one self and lead from within. He is also an internal Coach within Provincial Heath Services Authority (PHSA) and an external coach in Catalan Coaching.
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