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What is Executive Coaching?

by | May 18, 2021 | Executive Coaching

Executive coaching is a specific type of life coaching geared towards improving the professional lives of your clients. Much like other types of life coaching, it requires you to build on your clients’ pre-existing knowledge and skills to set and achieve goals. However, instead of personal goals, these goals are entirely focused on your clients’ life at work.

What is the role of an executive coach?

Executive coaches work with business executives and other high-performing employees and employers to help them identify and develop work objectives, gain self-awareness, and unlock their overall potential in the workplace. Oftentimes as an executive coach, you will take on the role of a sounding board, asking your clients questions to help them clarify and solve their professional problems.

What is the difference between an executive coach and a therapist?

As an executive coach, you are not a therapist. While you can give solicited advice, your main objective as an executive coach is to help your clients see their professional path more clearly. Most of what you will do is a question and challenge your clients’ assumptions. In this way, you act as a resource for your client in terms of determining how to best move forward with their professional life.

What training is required to be an executive coach?

One of the best things about becoming an executive coach is how easy the transition can be. There is no training or degree required to become an executive coach.

How do you become an executive coach?

Becoming an executive coach can be as long or as short of a journey as you make it. Though no formal training is required, it is suggested that you become certified with the International Coaching Federation (ICF), as this can help you when it comes to building your community and clientele. 

Executive coaching is a great option if you are someone who already works in business or is looking to work in business but wants a little more freedom when it comes to hours and pays. The hourly salary of executive coach averages out at around $500, but can go up to $3,500 as you gain experience and clientele. To learn more about the ins and outs of executive coaching, visit some of the other articles on Coach Rally’s website.

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