Leadership & Executive Coaching - What is the difference?
What is the difference between Executive Coaching and Leadership Coaching
Is There a Difference Between Leadership & Executive Coaching?
Randee Lehrer (Leadership & Executive Coach) said that Not really: “It is more about overlap”.
Executive coaches typically assist C-Suite, VPs, and other executives with their fast paced world of decision making, establishing priorities, improving performance (of themselves and their organization), developing leadership skills, managing their staff, and increasing productivity to achieve financial goals. Coaching can assist an executive as they navigate many different types of relationships including direct reports, peers, senior leaders and professional relationships beyond the boardroom.
Executive coaches unlock the potential of any leader to enable them to maximize their overall performance and their organization. An executive coach understands leadership, how decisions are made, and where the power resides in an organization. Even someone who is not an executive can benefit by developing new skills and behaviors that move them closer to being better business people with stronger human connectivity that leads to an executive role. This type of coaching is also provided to high potential or key employees who aspire to rise to the executive level of an organization.
Leadership coaching is a subset of the coaching an executive will receive. Its focus is on how to be mindful and inspirational with impactful communications. Mindful leadership is the ability to be fully present and aware versus being distracted and on autopilot. It is kind, compassionate, selfless and confident versus indifferent, insecure and egotistical. Being mindful is different from traditional management as leaders earn the respect of their teams by being authentic or who they are and not just because they have a title. It is about relearning how to be human to your staff and the larger organization. Leadership coaching typically includes how to develop or coach your staff, communication, creativity, decision making, and teamwork.
Those outside of executive levels find leadership coaching an absolute requisite in preparation for their rise to higher levels.