Leadership Coaching

leadership coaching

What is Leadership Coaching

Leadership coaching is a supported process where the coachee (person being coached) consciously works to develop skills and abilities required to thrive as a leader. The leadership coach acts as a facilitator in this process, asking questions designed to elicit insight and guide the coachee to develop plans and form solutions to their individual leadership challenges.   

Why participate in leadership coaching

People may decide to seek out support for many different reasons. They may self-identify development needs or their workplace may have identified specific development needs (for example through manager or 360 degree feedback processes). While everyone’s coaching journey is unique, some of the common themes discussed in leadership coaching are:

  • Thinking and acting strategically
  • Having impactful conversations
  • Cultivating a growth mindset
  • Growing high performing teams or cultures
  • Making effective decisions
  • Acting with courage and confidence
  • Understanding and developing a personal leadership style

Leadership coaching may benefit those who are looking to step into their first leadership role, want to perform better in the current leadership role, or those who feel stuck in their current leadership role and desire to progress their career.

Benefits of Leadership coaching

The benefits from participating in leadership coaching vary from person to person. It may help you in the following ways:

  • Greater clarity and insight into your specific leadership challenge
  • Independent feedback from someone outside of the workplace
  • Opportunity to prepare for challenging situations at work, which may lead to greater confidence when navigating these situations
  • Feeling greater accountability to take action in between sessions
  • Time and space to develop an individually tailored plan

Why use a psychologist as a coach?

In Australia, the title of “coach” is unregulated. That is, anyone is able to call themselves a coach without requiring any base level of training or qualifications. As such, skill level and quality of coaches can vary considerably. In contrast, Psychologists require a minimum of 6 years training in order to use the title of Psychologist. Psychologists are seen as experts in human motivation, behaviour, thoughts and change. As the discipline of Psychology is regulated and a science based discipline, the strategies and techniques employed in the field must be evidence-based. This makes Psychologists ideally suited to be effective coaches.

If you are looking to step into your first leadership role, want to perform better or feel stuck in your current leadership role, leadership coaching may be suitable for you. At Uplift Psychology, our Coaching Psychologist has over 15 years experience working in coaching, mentoring, leadership, and organisational settings. Contact us today to find out how we may help.

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