Alumni Career Services

Executive Coaching

Executive Coaches are used to help individuals reach the next level of performance or correct underperformance.  Large companies often invest heavily in coaching to support their top leaders.  An effective executive coach provides individualized, open, confidential, safe, and actionable advice.  They can help you uncover blind spots, navigate corporate politics or deal with tough management issues.  A coach can also facilitate valuable feedback loops from others in your organization and serve as a confidant or sounding board for a leader who finds it “lonely at the top.” 

An executive coach is most useful when you are ready and willing to engage in tough discussions, receive feedback and make changes.  Finding the “right” coach is also very important.  When establishing fit consider personality, chemistry, style, industry knowledge and your unique challenges.  Ask classmates, peers and/or mentors for referrals to coaches.  There are numerous “certifications” that have popped up to add credibility to the executive coaching industry including ICF, PCC, and MCC but while they indicate an individual has had a certain level of training, they don’t guarantee that the coach will be useful to you.  The bottom line is that you need to know what kind of help you seek and then find someone who has experience in that area, who comes recommended,  who you can respect and with whom you feel comfortable.

When engaging a coach, be sure to have an initial consultation and to articulate your needs as well as desired outcomes.  Discuss rates and arrangements up front so that you are in sync.  



NOTE: An executive coach is very different than an executive recruiter. See the Executive Search section for information about recruiters.


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