Why Leadership Coaching?

Transitioning into a leadership role is a critical period. Expectations are being born, relationships established and trust must be swiftly built in circumstances that are unfamiliar and sometimes stressful, where tensions maybe high and there is a perceived need for immediate results.

Whether you are a senior executive facing your first months in a critical role, or a key internal stakeholder involved in an incoming leader’s transition process leadership transition coaching can help facilitate the new work context allowing for the very best professional and personal development.

Through in-depth, constructive conversations coaching accompanies the new leader to develop the abilities to adapt to a new culture, competently carry out new actions and assume new responsibilities.

There can be many challenges for the new leader such as:

Management of teams emotions

The appointment of a new leader to a team can be unsettling and there maybe a variety of emotions about this change.  Whilst most will be enthusiastic there may be challenges for example from individuals who may not have succeeded at interview for the role or those who feel they know more about the departmental operations than the new leader. Coaching can help the leader with making sense of these emotional challenges and facilitating often uncomfortable conversations

Having difficult conversations

There may be a tendency to please everyone in the early days and weeks as a new leader which means critical conversations may be difficult to initiate or for others it may be the opposite – over directness.  Coaching provides a place to design and practice such conversations ensuring they are had at the right time in the right way.

Managing Stress or anxiety

It is common in the early phase of transitioning to leadership to question their abilities to fulfil the expectations of the role.  However these doubts are usually only in the mind of the new leader who can tend to place unrealistic demands on themselves. The ability to distinguish fact from limiting beliefs through coaching helps to manage anxiety at an early stage as well as understanding of the importance of frequent reflection and self-care.


What can I expect from Leadership Coaching

With recent research from Gallup advising that one in two employees has quit their job because of their boss’s poor leadership skills at some point in their career, it has never been so important to ensure your leadership skills are up to the task. Leadership Coaching provides a sounding board for leaders to brainstorm new ideas, try out new approaches, and receive honest non-judgmental feedback. Additionally, our job interview coaching services offer invaluable support in mastering the art of interviewing and securing your dream job.

So, what can you expect from leadership coaching with Insightful Works?

An initial Chemistry Call

Leaders who are considering leadership coaching have complimentary ‘chemistry calls’ to identify if both coach and leader would work well together to achieve success. During this call:

  • The leader states their objectives and what they hope to achieve from leadership coaching.
  • The coach shares their approach and how they work with leaders to help them achieve objectives.
  • Both parties establish if there is a mutual connection to work together towards the coachee’s objectives.


Once the leader and coach have agreed to work together through leadership coaching, they then have a contracting session. This covers topics including:

  • Objectives
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Confidentiality
  • Commitment
  • Frequency
  • Support and challenge
  • Feedback for both coach and coachee
  • Clarity on Record keeping

Leadership Coaching sessions

Each coaching session will be unique to the leader’s needs, as they identify their goals, and share the realities impacting their goal achievement and plan the way forward.The coach will draw on a myriad of tools, techniques and skills, that are carefully deployed by the coach whilst being a partner working alongside the leader to help them achieve their objectives.Some of the things that happen in leadership coaching sessions can be found below:

  • Establishing goals for each session
  • A debrief of a psychometric tool, such as MBTI with the purpose of raising a leader’s self-awareness and awareness of others.
  • Reflecting on a situation or challenge, sometimes offering a different perspective and sharing techniques to think through challenges
  • Complex, challenging, and tricky situations and conversations are navigated in a safe, non-judgmental way. Exploring these in leadership coaching often leads to solutions that hadn’t previously been identified.
  • Perceptual positions are explored. For example, look at the situation through the eyes of a customer, line manager, employee or colleague.
  • Support and challenge
  • Feedback for both coach and coachee

This is not an exhaustive list; leadership coaching sessions are so effective because they are tailored to the leader’s development.

Key Service Features

Be confident that they have a safe and impartial place to reflect, decide and act free of anxiety and emotional tension.

Be supported to clearly recognise challenges and obstacles and plan and prioritize actions.

Develop and generate impactful actions and create the new structure and environment necessary to work efficiently.

Gain self-assurance and develop confidence gained from the personal learning process of coaching and the positive results that he or she begins to obtain.

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