The Role of Leadership Coaching

Leadership coaching is a one of the more powerful and useful ways to practice reflective leadership and circumvent the blind spots we have discussed in previous weeks.

Coaching instills a discipline for leaders to meet at least once, and usually twice, per month with their coach in order to slow down the pace and to reflect. A credible coach asks important and relevant questions that opens the way for transformational insights and “Aha” moments.

The coach will co-create with the leader new practices and ways of being that will reinforce and help hardwire new neural pathways in the brain and result in new leadership behaviors.

Coaching happens in a climate of total trust and confidentiality. Therefore, it is a rare opportunity for leaders to feel safe in making their fears, anxieties and vulnerabilities transparent. In so doing, and with the help of a skilled coach who poses timely and insightful questions and holds up a mirror, the leader is able to reflect on his or her thinking, emotions and behaviors and often come away with significant insights. These insights are then usually followed up with new practices that allow the leader to exercise new cognitive and emotional muscles, which in turn lead to better results.

The journey from “Unaware Incompetence” to “Unaware Competence” and the corresponding coaching techniques outlined below is a useful framework for thinking about the coaching experience. Coaching is most successful when the leader becomes aware of his or her blind spots or areas for development and actively practices new behaviors.



About Kaveh Naficy
Kaveh is the leader of Heidrick and Struggles executive coaching practice in North America. Kaveh focuses on working with leaders placed to make transformational and creative changes in their organizations. Kaveh has a proven record of success in harnessing the strengths of these leaders to achieve accelerated business solutions. He is able to create significant insights through reflective thinking, presence, and disciplined follow-through. Executives who have worked with Kaveh say that his strengths are his deep insights into the realities of the current and future business world, accelerated scanning of the environment and competition; creative out of the box thinking, and leveraging the collective intelligence of their teams and creating the organizational culture to support and foster the appropriate organizational design and strategies. They also point their deep trust and personal connectivity with Kaveh, his coaching approach, and style.

4 Responses to The Role of Leadership Coaching

  1. Meir Ezra says:

    Hi, after reading this remarkable paragraph
    i am too delighted to share my knowledge here with colleagues.

  2. Reblogged this on Task At Hand Consulting, LLC and commented:
    This article provides a solid framework for Leadership Coaching.

  3. I really enjoyed the article. Leadership coaching is so important these days!

    Check out Executive Leadership Coaching.

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