How to find a good executive coach

There are many reasons you might need an executive coach in your lifetime. Perhaps you have started a new role, have been promoted or simply want some guidance. Regardless of the reasons, you have decided you or your employees would benefit from executive coaching. Well done, you have passed the first step! Now you just have to find a good coach. But how do you go about this? I have compiled a list of things to think about when searching for an executive life coach in the London area:

What kind of help are you looking for?

What do you actually want from your executive coach? Are you looking for short or long term coaching? Do you want to build your confidence, improve your success in business, achieve a good work/life balance or work out how to transition into a new role or industry? If you work out exactly what you want to get out of your life coach, it will make the process easier.

Have you done your research?

In this industry, it is not a requirement to have qualifications. But if you want to be assured that the coach you are working with has experience and professional qualifications under their belt, you need to do your research. A good executive coach will have experience in business, and will have proof to back this up. Your coach is there to help you, so make sure you pick one who you feel comfortable putting your faith in to.

Find out how they work.

Anne Taylor at Directions Coaching offers complimentary sessions to test out compatibility, to find out what you want out of executive coaching and to help you see if coaching is the right thing for you. This free service allows you to see first-hand how your coach works and how you would feel working with them.

Coach them!

Ask the coach some questions about their professional life, ask them why they decided to become a coach and ask them about the types of clients they’ve worked for in the past. A good coach is honest and open and will communicate with you; coaching is a two-way street, and you and your coach need to trust each other in order for it to work!

Ultimately, it is up to you which executive coach you choose. There are many coaches in London but some are better than others, and it is important that you find one who suits your personality! Originally from Canada, Anne Taylor is a life and executive coach based in London, and has a wide range of experience working with professional clients in large organisations. For more information, give Anne Taylor a call on 02031516830.