Rating: 5.0/5The benefits of a well-trained team are well documented. In a recent survey of 181 North American leaders, more than 70 percent of respondents reported that their leadership teams benefit from senior leadership coaching. According to the same survey, 60 percent said their leadership coaching helped them drive higher performance and increase sales.
A leader who puts in the time to invest in leadership development of his or her leadership team is certainly making a wise investment, says Greg Dees, vice president of product development for consulting and training firm Leading Edge Technologies.
"A good executive coach is important, and a lot of companies are not paying enough attention to executive coaching," Dees told BPS Research & Training in the latest issue of The Mind of the Leader.
"If you're looking at coaching for leadership, one of the things I suggest is that people consider the coach they're working with because not all coaches are created equal."
Dees recommends executive coaching for leaders at all levels. As CEO, you may be a good fit for executive coaching with a skilled coach, he says. Dees also recommends coaching for senior leaders, especially those in middle management, who may need to be coached on developing their leadership abilities.
For those managers who are looking to develop their leadership skills, Dees recommends a coach who is a Certified Executive Coach (CEC). A CEC has completed training and has passed tests demonstrating his or her knowledge of coaching and leadership development. Dees says the additional training makes the coach a more effective and skilled coach, and he provides clients with a higher-quality experience.
"You can't just hire someone off the street to coach you or your team," says Dees. "You need someone who is trained to do this work. It's like hiring someone to be an eye doctor. You need someone who has the skill, is up to date on the latest developments, and is more effective than someone who has just read books and taken a course."
Leading Edge Technologies offers executive coaching for those looking to lead or work with others, says Dees. The company also offers a variety of other executive coaching services, including 360-degree feedback, work/life balance, and personal and leadership development.
A native of Ireland, Dees received a master's degree in industrial engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from Dublin University. He has been a member of the British Psychological Society since 2001 and has authored several 0b46394aab