What makes a good executive coach?

A good executive coach will really get to know their client and will be a source of encouragement and confidence. Having a good executive coach is vital to the success of the coaching experience, so you need to be sure that you have found the right person to help you or your team reach your career goals. But what makes a good coach, and what should you look for when searching for your coach?

A good coach will encourage her clients to grow and to believe in themselves. It takes a certain type of person to be able to do this, and there are some important qualities that all good executive coaches share.

Anne Taylor is a successful London based executive coach who has worked with executives in a variety of roles and industries. Here, she explains the most important qualities and techniques a good life coach should have:

Asking questions

You cannot receive adequate coaching if your coach does not ask any questions. It is their job to find out as much as they can about you to determine your strengths, and the areas that you need to work on. By asking the right questions, a good executive coach will get to know the client and be able to help the client see things more clearly.

Being a good listener

Like asking questions, the ability to listen to their client is a vital quality for any good executive coach. There is a difference between hearing someone and really listening to what they have to say. If a client feels like they are really being listened to, they are more likely to open up to the executive coach and the coaching will be more lucrative.


Empathy goes further than sympathy; it means that you can actually understand and feel another’s emotions. This is one of the key traits that sets out the really good executive coaches from other life coaches. A client may be feeling insecure about having coaching, and focusing on how to improve an aspect of a client’s life can be a difficult process for them. Empathy means that a good executive coach will be able to experience those feelings and act accordingly, to be the best possible coach.

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