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Most executives have been trained by the school of life. While more and more are coming out of business schools, most have not had the benefit of a formal executive training program. Whether you're formally trained or in your position by the seat of your pants, it's important to invest (or for your company to invest) in your own devleopment through executive development coaching and consulting, CEO executive courses, and/or through executive leadership development training.
What should you look for when you think you're ready for development? First, start looking before you think you need it. Most leaders don't have an adequate enough feedback loop and no human being has the personal objectivity to fully determine that it's time to move forward. The best leaders never stop developing. Just like Olympians, they keep their executive coaches on through wins and losses in order to constantly develop their strengths and weaknesses. The best way to decide what kind of development you need from executive training is to talk it over with your coach.
Executive leadership development happens on many levels and the wise leader never stops developing at every level. May CEO executive courses and CEO groups offer good options for learning best practices but true development happens from the inside out. And for that, nothing beats a professional coach.
A high quality personal executive coach leverages whatever you invest in executive leadership development training. That's because almost all training, no matter how well customized, is based on generic principles whereas personal executive coaching is specifically about you. Whether you've been through an Ivy League MBA program or a hundred executive leadership training programs; whether you've paved your own way or learned it all from a mentor, executive coaching and consulting meets you where you are and capitalizes on what you've got.
Executive leadership development always needs a personal development component because it's delusional to think your personal issues don't come to work with you. And it's equally delusional to believe that just because you're the executive that other people just have to put up with your unresolved hangups; or that just because you've produced a lot of success that your potential isn't severely compromised by not developing the person who is filling the executive's shoes.
When you adopt success methods and strategies without doing the personal foundational work, you can produce some good results but those results usually come at a cost - sometimes in retention, work/life balance, lack of vitality in you and your team, stakeholder loyalty... Results based on getting the methods right are shaky in terms of sustainability because they aren't grounded in the values that lay at the core of what makes good leaders great.
Success isn't a number reached and it's definitely not an endgame. Success comes in mastering the negotiation of the inevitable changes that occur every day in the workworld. Many business executive training programs fall short of developing the whole leader.
The best executive leadership development happens on the full spectrum of leaderfulness, from building strong financial fundamentals to creating contribution to the world. At Leaderful Edge, we develop leaders and their organizations on 7 levels and we are certified to use the Barrett Tools - a dynamic way to measure a leader/organization at every level of effectiveness.
Olympians have always understood the link between coaching and winning; today's executives have finally caught on. The data's in, hiring a personal executive coach yields a high return on investment.
Coaches can see things you can't. They have an objectivity and range of experience that spouses and business associates just don't. Spouses and business associates can be awesome coaches and mentors but what they offer produces the best wins when combined with professional executive coaching and consulting - just like an athlete's best wins might be the result of a combination of high quality home cooking and wise input from loved ones along with dedicated coaching for excellence, acheivement and the heartedness it takes to be a winner among winners.