If you have been there and done it, then you know that the higher you go up the corporate ladder, the lonelier you become. There are secrets to keep and tough decisions to be taken. Leaders have to fight battles on behalf of their team members, without letting the team members in on it. They have to navigate the complex political maze and handle fragile egos of other leaders while ensuring motivation of their teams and delivery of performance targets.
They do that continuously year after year for decades at a considerable cost to their physical, emotional and mental health. Some of the them manage to ride over all the tsunamis they face but we know that many can go under.
And what is the cost to the organisation?
When a leader leaves the organisation, several years of human, social and knowledge capital is lost. Yes, it is good to get fresh blood into your organisation but when a talented leader is forced to find another place to thrive because of an unviable environment, then for the organisation it is like losing lifeblood.
So where can a leader share his vulnerabilities openly, safely and yet find the way forward?
And that is where an Executive Coach can act as the confidant who supports yet challenges the client to overcome internal and external barriers. An Executive Coach is someone who brings that world of experience to intuitively key in to the mental chatter in the clients mind and helps to bring down the noise to focus efforts towards productively using all resources available to him. It helps him to keep a check on derailing behaviours and become an emotionally intelligent leader.