Bringing out the best in a Leadership team

Some simple coaching might help to bring out the best in your Council’s leadership team.

Bringing out the best in a Leadership team


The role of executive coaching in organisations has become far more prevalent over the past five years but, before launching into a program of self-discovery and growth, it is important to reflect on what positive impact coaching can have on an employee. 

More often than not, coaching has been determined for an employee who might need to increase their performance or leadership abilities in the workplace. However, the opportunities that come from effective coaching are far more wide-reaching than simply capability and organisational performance. 

An effective Coaching Program will equip an employee to not only be set up for success within the organisation but also to determine and achieve their own personal goals and ambitions. Quite often, coaching gives an individual an opportunity to see the landscape through fresh eyes and develop a sense of heightened self-awareness.  

An effectively trained and qualified Coach will help the participant leverage their existing strengths, as well as identify areas of weakness and vulnerability that will lead to higher levels of empathy, motivation and connection with their team. Coaching is all about equipping an individual with a new way of adapting and coping with situations to improve their ability to grow, lead and relate. 

The best coaching approach has several phases and recognises that the way people think can really affect how they feel. In turn, feelings can influence the decisions and actions they take. Sometimes fundamental beliefs about yourself need to be understood to set the right goals, leverage strengths and close gaps that need to be bridged. The method uses questioning, assessment, and diagnosis to set the platform for change. The coaching identifies goals that are achievable and, importantly once change comes about, this is measured and maintained. The ultimate goal of the program is that the individual ‘breaks-through’ to a state of being their own coach and they gain momentum toward new goals.  

We bring together elements of proven psychology with contemporary professional coaching. The result means that people with limited spare time can adopt a program that uses the best research and modelling, while staying very practical. The coaching can be applied to situations where someone has been identified as high potential, someone might be dealing with some development gaps or perhaps an executive needs the forum to brainstorm and problem-solve. A typical coaching program involves six to ten sessions over approximately 16 weeks. 

The most important task for anyone embarking on a coaching program is to ensure they are informed about the process and engage with a trained, qualified and experienced Coach. To ensure your investment in coaching is worthwhile, always ensure you are working with a Coach who can demonstrate clarity and structure in the coaching plan, have a track record of demonstrable results, and is able to incorporate a wide range of qualitative and quantitative inputs to help you grow and develop. Importantly, you must be able to have a confidential and trusted relationship.  

The ICP (Incorporate Psychology) coaching methodology draws upon some of the core fields of contemporary psychology. It is practical, goal-directed and based in the ‘here & now’ for the person at the centre of the coaching programme. Peak Services is working closely with ICP to structure coaching products for Local Government clients. For further information, please call Celia Jones, Director Recruitment and Organisational Performance on 0409 119 561.  

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