Executive Coaching Objectives

Recently a poll was conducted by WJM Associates to find out what executive coaches are noticing about the objectives of their executive coaching clients. The current responses were compared to a similar survey done 10 years ago in 1999. In 1999, the responses were mostly around personal application. Today, the 70 respondents indicate that objectives are much more focused on business issues.

1999 2009
Self-Awareness Build/Align/Motivate Team
Personal Goal Setting Executive Presence
Work/Life Balance Effective Communications
Stress Management Interpersonal Savvy
Improve Quality of Life Strategic Thinking

We’d love to hear from you about the common objectives that you’re experiencing with executive coaching. Please take a moment to vote in the poll below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

5 thoughts on “Executive Coaching Objectives

  1. Isn’t it interesting how objectives can change so radically in the course of a decade? While some are similar (though expressed differently), there really is quite a divergence between the two lists. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks for all of the great information! I believe you have to be creative and stimulating in order to put yourself on the market and show others what you can do. I have been using a website called http://www.careersuccessions.com that provides tools to make future candidates for employment stand out of the crowd. The site offers career consultants, job hunting tips, and career advancement. Good luck!

  3. Great visual comparison, information we all see as Executive Coaches and yet to have it laid out so clearly kicks it to a new level.

    The survey is also good, looking forward to hearing the feedback on this one. I have to say I am jumping back and forth between Interpersonal Savvy and Executive Presence – really I think they are so very closely aligned that is why it’s tough to pick one. To have that presence one often must reach that level of interpersonal skillset to be present.

    And then the third is communication, that is dramatically impacted when the other two are flourishing as well.

    Very good list to offer as an intake diagnostic as well.

    My approach with leaders and their teams in the coaching process always surrounds Communication, Mindset and Limiting Beliefs.

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