Leaders define and power their organizations forward. They set the standards and model the way. People look to them for direction, for the drive to excel, the courage to innovate, and the inspiration to go the distance.
They are expected to champion the culture, strategies, systems and practices that keep an organization strong, and performe above par.
But who champions the champ?
“Executive coaching is sure to make a difference,”says Alma Horn, ACC, incumbent president of the International Coach Federation (ICF) Philippines Charter Chapter, and the force behind the hosting of the international Coaching Summit at the Conrad Hotel, Manila, on November 8, 2019.
By ICF definition, coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
“Leaders occupy a special place in the coaching field,” Horn points out.
ICF Philippines founder, Julius Ordonez, the only Filipino, thus far, to have earned the highest ICF credential of Master Certified Coach (MCC) explains, “Leaders have unique needs that cover diverse grounds, given their responsibilities. The choices they make have far-reaching implications. They deal with pressures from all fronts – customers, business owners, regulators, even their own people. Time, health and happiness can become extraordinarily pressing issues, especially when they are pushed to the sidelines of the daily grind.”
Executive coaching gets them to rise above what is urgent and to evaluate what’s important. “And especially,” Horn says, “to take action towards achievingthe goal they have decided on, or becoming how they truly believe they should be.”
Atty. Paul Roderick A. Ysmael, an accomplished lawyer and banker who currently servesas legal counsel of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) talks enthusiastically about the Executive Coaching program he completedin summer of this year.
It was, he said, “a transformative learning experience that every corporate leader should undertake.”
In an effusive testimonial, Atty. Ysmael wrote, “coaching is an aided self-discovery or self-rediscovery. The guidance of the coach through series of conversations and interactions is aimed to help the person in his exploration of himself.”
His observation highlights the principle that the coachee’s most valuable resource is himself — that he can find the answers to his questions, and in the end, nothing can be more empowering than taking responsibility for what one wants of life.
A leader who discovers or regains a foothold in this zone will benefit greatly, not just from acquiring a new and more positive point of view, but often from realizing profoundly that he has, after all, whathe needs to bring about his desired outcomes. With a deeper confidence in his ability to achieve compelling goals, and to enable others to do the same, his capacity to contribute to the organization expands exponentially.
The International Coaching Summit in November which brings to the country a formidable line up ofSpeakers and Resource Persons on the various dimensions of Coaching, is not to be missed. To register and find out more about the Summit, visit the website at icfphilippinescoachingsummit.com or call 8127177.