8 Coaching Skills Every CEO Should Master

Great CEOs are great coaches. Whether they’re leading big business beasts or smart little companies, CEOs only succeed by developing the mindset, capabilities and ambitions of the people around them.

CEOs alone are nothing. By framing those around them are winners, they are game changers. So what are the coaching skills every CEO should master?

1. Big goals are only achieved through daily actions

The CEO can set the lofty vision – the Big Bold Goal (BHAG) – but it will only be achieved by focusing the people around them on the daily actions needed to get there. We are intimidated when we look at the top of the mountain. Whether it’s a change in culture or a change in strategy, you will only get there in many small steps. Focus your coaching on encouraging others to adopt new habits. By consistently taking action, you’ll make progress toward your big business goals.

2. Coach, don’t say anything

Coaching is about helping people figure out what they need to do to move towards the big goal. It’s much more effective than ordering someone to do something. Encouraging self-discovery makes coaching powerful and differentiates it from mentoring. Remember, if you give someone a fish, you feed them for a day. If you train someone to fish, you feed them for life.

3. The real meaning is in the subconscious

Most people aren’t aware of what they’re doing, too bad Why they’re doing it. So many people live their professional and personal lives within 10% of their consciousness. They are blissfully oblivious to many things, including their impact on others. Highly qualified CEO coaching means diving under the tip of the iceberg to help colleagues understand what is really going on. This is the key to unlocking improved performance and uncovering behaviors that block advancement. Asking critical questions and digging deeper into the answers is at the heart of an effective CEO coach.

4. We are all products of our past.

In corporate life, we often avoid the staff with our colleagues. But the truth is that the way people behave in professional life, especially in stressful situations, is extremely conditioned by our past. Our life experience, especially in our much younger days, holds the key to who we are today and how we respond when challenged. The effective CEO coach must uncover the past to discover how people can progress in the present.

5. There is a reason for every human act

But that’s often not what we immediately see on the surface. As a CEO coach, think about what’s really going on. Don’t be fooled by what you see at first sight. Deploy gripes of fair skepticism.

6. Recognize differences

Don’t coach people by comparing them to what you would have done in the same situation. Coaching is NOT about you. Recognize the differences in your coaching. Understand that others may have different but equally powerful values. It is these differences that prevent groupthink and often provide groundbreaking innovations and clever solutions to intractable problems.

7. All data is evidence

Some of the smallest things our colleagues do can often be powerful evidence and data that can pave the way for self-development. Watch carefully from body language to small social interactions for better understanding.

8. Be nice

See the whole person in front of you. Our private lives and our professional lives are one and the same. The pandemic has taught us that. We are not two people. We are the only person between home and work. As a coach, the CEO must lead by example by helping his colleagues to face well-being, mental and physical health, work-life balance and the many other things that help us live a balanced and fulfilling existence. The CEO’s coach is a critical and supportive sherpa in life. Kindness and compassion are gold dust in engagement, motivation and inspiration.

At Black Isle Group, we use coaching to challenge ourselves as well as to help our clients. Through this process, we have come to what may be a rather surprising conclusion – much of the money big companies spend on people development is wasted. This is because we believe that so often we simply leave the learning in the room or when the coaching session ends. We don’t turn it into daily actions that generate behavioral changes that, in turn, help achieve big goals.

Our goal now is to help CEOs and their teams win every day. To do this, we work with teams in ten-week sprints combining coaching with our innovative Nudge technology. This methodology yields remarkable results for individuals and for teams – creating new habits and rapidly accelerating companies towards their ambitious, ambitious and audacious goals.

We believe this approach makes a critical difference in how CEOs should deploy powerful coaching in their business. It also creates that unbreakable link between coaching and clear business goals, helping people grow in tandem with business goals.

The challenges in the corporate landscape are quite mind-boggling wherever you look. Flaming platforms fill the horizon. This coming period offers an unprecedented time for coaching to not only prove its worth, but also to prove that it is critical to the success of businesses and those who lead within them.

CEOs who master coaching skills in a way that focuses their colleagues on day-to-day actions will be a game-changer.

About the Author: Jeremy Campbell is a people and business transformation expert and CEO of Black Isle Group.