Leadership coaching is a unique confidential relationship between coach and leader designed to promote sustainable results in all areas of a person’s life. Coaching focuses on competency building, inviting the leader to develop new insights and interpretations through practices and exercises specifically tailored to advance the leader’s goals. Coaching involves a relationship of mutual trust and openness.
Coaching is not therapy. Therapy aims to heal mental or psychological issues and examines past events. Coaching, a results-oriented approach, focuses on the current situation and the desired future state.
Coaching is not consulting. Consulting aims to deliver solutions. Coaching concerns increasing leaders’ own capacity to develop solutions.
Coaching is not mentoring. Mentoring provides guidance and advice, often by an expert or more senior person to a novice or more junior person, about what to do, how to do it, and where and when to do it. Coaching focuses on building new competencies through a leader’s self-awareness, gaining new insights that can be sustained long-term.