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The Importance of Executive Coaching and Mentoring

It happens so often that the terms executive coaching and mentoring are used alternatively but they are rather different from one another.  

Executive coaching equips an individual to deal with confidently and completely with critical near-term issues, aid you to perfect leadership and management skills and is also said to focus on the needs that were recognized in the 360-degree review that was conducted by the coach, the company or an external agent. The focus of an executive coach is on the short-term outcomes. It is designed to achieve the optimum results in a minimum amount of time. Executive coaches are also said to motivate, inspire and encourage while insisting the clients are in lieu with their priorities and objectives.  

Executive mentoring deals with a broader aspect in comparison to Executive coaching. Unlike executive coaching, mentors help their clients with the immediate as will as long-term goals that stretch well into the future. Executive mentoring focuses on teaching an individual to how to execute or impart wisdom in using their skills. Mentors provide their assistance in a range of activities that range from personal to professional to ensure their client’s growth and development.  

Efficient functioning of executive coaching and mentoring ensures that employees are provided a platform to learn, connect and grow within the company and to get a boost for their career paths. 

The significance of executive coaching and mentoring is as states below: 

Retention  

Executive coaching and mentoring promote loyalty. This sense of loyalty towards the company or organization develops as commitment and connection felt by the mentees when the mentors help them provide opportunities and mould their careers. Positive work experience is encountered when the employee feels comfortable with the management encourages open communication and this is carried out by executive coaching. The money spent on continual recruitment and training of replacement employees is eliminated.  

Personal Development 

The expertise and knowledge of the experienced employees results in a better efficiency as this may aid the younger and ewer employees to learn the methods of the organization. Executive coaching and mentoring may further guide the employees in become well versed of the expectations of the organization. Coaching, and the boundaries of a trusted and confidential relationships provides a platform for the employees to resolve their issues and concerns. This acts as a benefit to the organization as it aids in the reduction of frustration on a personal level and improves the individual’s job satisfaction.  

Team Efficiency 

Apart form providing individual focus on the employee, executive coaching and mentoring improve the functions of the team, department and the entire organization. As the managers receive executive coaching and mentoring, it helps them identify the weaknesses and strengths of each of their employees. This is so that even when the employees take request vacation or take a sick day, the organization can capitalize on the resources available to ensure that the entire team works efficiently.  

Therefore, we can see that executive coaching and mentoring can provide an array of benefits for the any kind of organization. Thus, the implementation of executive coaching and mentoring in an organization can become an excellent contribution to ensure the overall development of the individual employee as well as the organization.  

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Ethical Guidelines in All Coaching Practices

Coaching is a client based profession with a focus to enrich the life of the client. The relationship established in coaching is a professional relationship (like counseling) which is time framed and with set objectives. Hence, a professional practice such as coaching/counseling has its own code of ethics and is governed by a specific set of guidelines for practice.

Coaching as a professional practice follows certain ethical guidelines which are common for all coaching practices. Further each coaching association or organization may adopt additional code of ethics which may suit their requirement. However, they are additional guidelines and do not intend to override the general code of ethics for coaching practice.

Code of Ethics

Coaching has a clear set of behavioral guidelines which serves as a safeguard for both the coach and the coaches.  The coach as a professional should live his life and practice coaching according to the highest coaching standard. The professional standard comprises of acceptable behavioral guidelines which the coach has to adopt during coaching.

The coach exhibits the following core values of professional standards for coaching. They are: integrity, honesty, transparency, respect, trust, credibility, professionalism, accountability, care and excellence.

The 3 core values which every coach is expected to adhere are:

  • Professional Conduct
  • Professional Relationship
  • Care Management

Professional Conduct

Coaches are to follow the applicable laws, regulations and rules that may affect their coaching practice. They should not enter into any agreement with the client apart from the coaching agreement to defraud or for dishonest gain. They are to conduct themselves according to the highest ethical coaching standards.

  • Coaches should ensure that their behavior is not perceived as inappropriate in terms of physical, sexual, verbal or non-verbal ways.
  • Coaches should be aware of and be sensitive to client’s race, gender-orientation, culture, religious values, disability and diversity.
  • Coaches are required to act in a way that does not bring dishonor to coaching profession.

Coaches should not manipulate with their professional practice by working the clients either in the form of counseling or psychotherapy for the purpose of financial gain or non-monetary support. With a clear understanding regarding the scope of coaching, they should limit their practice with coaching alone and focus on qualifying the client.

Professional Relationship

Coaches should explain to the clients the terms of the contract, costs, and conditions if any before entering into the coaching contract.

Coaches are expected not to prolong the relationship with the client beyond the professional grounds.  The coaching contract should be terminated once the client has fully benefitted from the practice. It is the responsibility of the coach to terminate the contract once the client’s goals has been met.

Coaches are to treat all the information of the client with absolute confidentiality. They may disclose only those information if it is harmful in nature to the client, organization or others.Coaches should terminate the coaching contract if the client desires to do so without persuasion or demanding justification for termination.

Care Management

Coaches should explain the coaching process to the client before entering into contract. The coach should not make any false claims regarding the benefits of coaching. At the same time no misleading information should be provided to the clients to make believe or for buy in.

Coaches should treat the clients equally with respect irrespective of their intellectual ability, gender, job profile, skills and vocabulary.Coaches should provide an explanation of methods, techniques, tools and strategies used in coaching process if requested by the clients

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