Coaching is a process of personal learning and growth facilitated by a trusted advisor.
The DecisionWise Leadership Intelligence Executive Coaching process is an in-depth learning experience that creates self-awareness, initiates personal and professional development, and targets aspects of leading effectively. This process uses multiple assessments and coaching sessions to define the individual’s past experiences, current leadership abilities, and future potential. Coaching is oriented to help individuals enhance all aspects of their leadership abilities. Unlike typical coaching models, the goal of this process is not only to change what the leader does and how she or he does it, but to bring out the person’s “best self” so that they can lead authentically and with purpose.
In order to support the individual leader’s growth and development, the coach facilitates increased self-awareness, promotes action, and provides support and accountability. We use a process that repeats itself numerous times over the course of the coaching period:
This process involves providing the individual with feedback about where he or she currently stands in terms of behaviors and performance. Using a number of assessments, we provide the individual with a comprehensive picture of what’s working and what’s not working. He or she also becomes acutely aware of strengths and areas for development as they relate to his/her personal desires. These assessments take a variety of forms, including 360-degree feedback, personality preference, personal strengths and weaknesses, personal desire and life-goals analysis, performance evaluation and manager assessment, and emotional intelligence or social conduct.
Based on the desired behavior and goals, each session focuses on several action items that are to be addressed prior to the next session. These action items focus on both long-term and short-term goals. Goals are both personal and organizational. Goals contain specific measurements, which are tracked and evaluated throughout the coaching period. Tools are also provided by the coach that will help the individual continue to set and achieve goals long after the formal coaching period has ended.
This process is reiterative–it is repeated many times over. Each time, an element of accountability is included. This may involve regular measurement, evaluations by others, conversations with the supervisor, or any number of other ways to promote accountability. The key here is to ensure that the individual holds him/herself accountable for action and results.
DecisionWise executive coaches are experts in the process of learning and the psychology of human behavior. Each coach possesses an advanced degree in psychology or other behavioral sciences, extensive consulting experience with executives, and significant life experience working with people and their development.
After the Initial coaching session, follow-up telephone coaching sessions occur approximately two times per month over six months. The coach schedules regular coaching sessions, but is also available on an as-needed basis to provide additional coaching and support. The coach and individual exchange emails during the process on a regular basis.
DecisionWise will conduct a series of leadership assessments. Some of these assessments may include (they will vary depending on client needs):
- Leadership Intelligence® 360 Survey
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
- Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument
- Emotional Judgment Inventory (Emotional Intelligence)
Additional psychometric assessments may be conducted, if needed. These assessments provide participants with a clear awareness of their behavioral style and how this impacts those around them. All assessment results are summarized in a Leadership Intelligence Profile which also includes the full assessment results and a personal development guide. These documents are delivered in a professional leather binder that is used throughout the coaching engagement.
- 3-5 leadership assessments including a pre and post Leadership Intelligence 360 Survey
- Leadership Intelligence Profile (professional leather binder with all assessment results)
- Half-day initial onsite coaching session
- Approximately 2 scheduled telephone coaching sessions per month and email correspondence
- Access to coach through email and leader-initiated phone calls
- Follow-up calls and report to organization and supervisor (3 month and 6 month points)
- Action plan, workbook, and supplemental materials supplied by coach