What does an executive coach do? | FAQs

CAREER ADVICE, EXECUTIVE EDUCATION   |   2 minutes  |   December 6, 2016

Have you considered a career in mentoring or coaching, but aren’t entirely sure what an executive coach does? Or perhaps you’re wanting to do a coaching course that will push your skill set up to a more executive level, and you want to know what your role could be.

The role of an executive coach is to:

  • Be a dependable, trustworthy sounding board for leaders, executives and employees
  • Help leaders to achieve sustainable development, change, and growth at every level
  • Guide leaders on vital skills such as communication, conflict management, team building, decision making and interpersonal interactions
  • Enhance overall employee engagement and efficiency, whilst making a positive impact on a company’s culture

In this short video Dale Williams, Head Tutor on the online University of Cape Town Foundations of Executive Coaching course, gives insight into how executive coaching fits into the business environment and what an executive coach is responsible for.

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An executive coach is a partner to an executive who helps him/her to achieve objectives – mostly developmental objectives around themselves; how they develop as a person in their role. Executive coaching generally takes place at the intersection between a person’s business life and their personal life.