In Effective Coaching, Clarity is Key

Original post from Leanne Hoagland-Smith

Clarity Is the Essence of Executive Coaching
After being an executive coach for over 15 years, clarity is the most elusive aspect of our lives, myself included. Those individuals who have absolute clarity also have a clearly internalized purpose for taking the actions they take.

Executive coaching is a process about bringing clarity to a client.  This clarity is the result of active questioning and not so active questioning. Much of the clarity happens by just changing the words the client thinks, speaks and writes.

By changing the words we think, speak and write, we shift our perspective.  That shifting creates new clarity.
How do you become an effective executive coach? You might say something you think is helpful, but that doesn’t always guarantee a positive result. What might be constructive to you could be damaging to another. The words we speak can be misheard, misunderstood, and completely misinterpreted, and yet communication is the fundamental key to success not only in business, but in life in general.

An executive coach can also be viewed as a leader- they are tasked with building a better team and working to ensure productivity. But being an effective leader is more than just managing. It means coming to an understanding of how others communicate, and in the process, ensuring that your own message and goals are clear.

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