No one is a perfect leader, least of all those who believe themselves to be perfect leaders. A good President or CEO knows that there is always more to learn about both leadership in general, and about their specific field of business. This is where executive coaches come in. A good South African executive coach can do wonders to help introduce new ideas into a business, inspire its leadership, and result in even better business performance in the years to come!
The big question is, how do you pick an effective executive coach? After all, there are a lot of “consultants” out there who are full of hot air. These are some of the most important elements to look for when hiring.
What You Want to See from An Executive Coach in South Africa
1. A track record of success
More than anything else, you want an executive coach who can point at genuine successes in their past. What companies have they worked with? What sort of results did they achieve? You want to quiz your potential coaches heavily about their background, and whenever possible, get hard evidence that points towards their expertise.
2. Relevant experience
The best executive coaches are those who have been Presidents/CEOs in the past – they are the ones who will know what challenges your leadership is facing! Moreover, it’s best if you can find a coach who has some experience in your field of industry. Business leadership is not “one size fits all,” and different strategies may or may not work depending on the field.
If you have a coach who has their own executive experience, and it’s in a field adjacent to your own, you’ll have a winner.
3. A solid methodology
Executive coaching should not be free-form or made up on the fly. A great executive coach has a solid repeatable methodology backing up their approach to coaching. The success of their method should be reflected in the success of their past clients.
4. A willingness to challenge the status quo
A good South African executive coach is not a cheerleader or a yes-man! The coach is not there to merely make leadership feel good about themselves. They should be ready and willing to challenge your leadership’s ideas and encourage them to develop better plans for the future.
5. Personal accountability
Finally, ask about how accessible the coach will be after their term of coaching ends. Will they still be there for you, if you need to ask them questions or get more advice? Be wary of would-be coaches who might take your money and run; you need to be able to hold them accountable.
Let BizHQ Help
BizHQ offers highly successful executive coaching in South Africa, and we’ve worked with many of the biggest names in the industry. Contact us to learn more!