Executive Coaching is not about the coach prescribing you solutions, neither it’s about the coach offering his subject matter expertise.
It’s all about how a coach develops your abilities; focusing on existing problems or specific outcomes that the client wants to change or achieve. In both the cases, the coach aims to motivate the client to uncover hidden talent and resources to achieve their results.
Like other professions, there is no single universally agreed definition for Executive Coaching. Few definitions of executive coaching are:
“Executive Coaching involves a skilled, trained coaching professional working with an executive or leader to help that client reach a specific goal or set of goals in their professional development. It is intended to be a creative and thought-provoking process that enables the client to maximize their potential in specific areas important to the client.” -Wikipedia.
“Executive Coaching is exclusively for key contributors who have a powerful position in the organization who are accountable for highly complex decisions with wide scope of impact on the organization and industry as a whole.” -ICF Summit, Atlanta, 2002.
“Executive coaching is an experiential and individualized leader development process that builds a leader’s capability to achieve short- and long-term organizational goals. It is conducted through one-on-one interactions, driven by data from multiple perspectives, and based on mutual trust and respect. The organization, an executive, and the executive coach work in partnership to achieve maximum impact.” -The Executive Coaching Forum.