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What Does an Executive Coach Do?

It could be that you are looking to pursue a new career or are on the hunt for a leadership role, or maybe you have been coaching individuals for some time now, helping them navigate their personal lives, and find that you are ready and perhaps even eager to apply your skills on a larger scale. The reasons may be endless, but whatever it is that pulled your attention toward executive coaching, you have come to the right place. 

 

Your mind might be whirling, trying to grasp the logistics of getting your certified executive coach certification in the first place. Maybe you’re fixated on how to land a job as an executive coach and what makes for a great executive coach, or it could be that you want to know the differences between an executive coach and an ICF certified coach, how much ICF certification costs, or even the simple question of what ICF certification is. But before you start looking for the answers to all of these questions in an unnecessary state of panic, let us first address precisely what an executive coach does.

 

An executive coach is a professional that focuses on coaching executives and high-potential employees. With the help of an executive coach, individuals have the support to envision their goals. They learn how to work towards them, discover and lock into their highest potential, and become problem-solvers, among many other things. 

 

What an Executive Coach Is and Is Not 

 

A standard error most people make is assuming that these professionals are synonymous with therapists, mentors, and even counselors. It is important to note that executive coaches are none of these things. Sure, it’s easy to presume that they provide advice and give their clients clear-cut solutions to problems, but that’s not necessarily the case. Instead, think of an executive coach as a mirror–with the help of a coach, clients can reflect on habits, behavior, goals, and any part they actively play in problems and difficult situations within their organization. 

 

How Do Executive Coaches Help? 

 

Aside from instilling inspiration in their clients to perform at their best and continue growing, a great executive coach is responsible for many other positive outcomes. But how is it that an executive coach helps a business? 

 

One of the main goals of an executive coach is to assist participants in finding and performing at their highest potential. Executive coaches know how to engage with their clients; they know which questions to ask and how to ask them. By encouraging their clients to shift the focus onto themselves, their limiting beliefs and any preconceived notions they may have are challenged. Through this self-reflection, clients can adjust their perspectives accordingly, gain an increased self-awareness for themselves and others, and feel inspired to continue working towards more. 

 

With the assistance of a coach, the participant can begin to see themselves more clearly. They become familiar with their strengths and weaknesses and understand how to develop and set plans to achieve their objectives. The result? Individuals are held accountable, start looking at problems with an open mind, and begin to consider solutions they would never have thought of in the first place.  

 

In short, this newfound sense of motivation, ambition, and drive is what an executive coach helps clients find. Sometimes known as ‘leadership coaches,’ these professionals offer a great deal of support; often, all an individual needs to become the best version of themselves is support. If you find yourself ready to become the person offering that support, Symbiosis Coaching has you covered with the best training programs to get you on your path to executive coaching.

Certified NLP Coach

Program Description: The Certified NLP Coach program allows you to incorporate very powerful NLP techniques you’re your day-to-day coaching practice.

ICF Training Hours: 65

Duration: 25-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Certified Organizational Development Coach

Program Description:

The Certified Organizational Development Coach program is an exclusive and very unique program, designed for coaches who wish to coach entire organizations with their Organizational Development and Change Management goals. This program provides you with 65 ICF training hours - more than enough for the ACC credential. Over a series of 25 weekly lectures, it prepares you to deal with volatile group dynamics across entire organizations. Topics including OD interventions, Team Engagement, Buyer Behavior of internal customers, The Tripod of Success, Ensuring Sustainability, Performance-Retention correlation, Strategies to influence behavior - and many more - are covered in detail.

Coaches are introduced to the ARCS Model, as well as to the Organizational Culture Audit Toolkit. Employee motivation, satisfaction, and productivity are discussed, as well as their impact on the performance of the organization as a whole. Students are introduced to various Change Management models including Lewin's Planned Change model, the ADKAR Change Management model, and Kotter's 8 steps of Change Management. Resistance to change and its manifestation are discussed, as is Behavior Modification.

Upon completing this program, Certified Organizational Development Coaches will have all the tools they need to affect positive transformation within organizations, and will be able to coach teams and personnel at all levels - including initiators, decision makers, influencers, and intervention implementers.

In addition to coaches who are launching their own Corporate Coaching practices, this is an essential program for HR professionals, Training and Development Professionals, Managers, and Corporate Leaders who wish to implement internal policies and OD processes to guide their companies and people through ongoing change.

ICF Training Hours: 65

Duration: 25-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Certified Executive Coach

Program Description

The Certified Executive Coach program has been designed for coaches who wish to coach managers, executives, and corporate leaders. The goal of this program is to cultivate a deep understanding of how the executive coaching process works as well as some of the challenges that come up in executive coaching conversations.

This program has been approved by the International Coaching Federation for 32 hours, and it comprises of 12 live, instructor-led, fully interactive virtual classes offered over zoom. These classes cover various aspects of executive coaching including, but not limited to Effective Collaboration, Performance Management, Upskilling, Conflict Management, Effective Collaboration, Developing Team Members, and many more.

This program has a very unique, hands-on, experiential structure. Classes are focused on active participation by students through real life Coaching Challenges and discussions of real life executive coaching situations.

ICF Training Hours: 32

Duration: 12-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Certified Life Coach

Program Description:

The Certified life Coach program is an essential program for anyone considering coaching as a profession. The goal of this program is to create a deep understanding of the coaching process, along with how and why it is effective in catalyzing shifts in the mindset to create positive, sustainable transformation.

The training is based on the ICF’s core coaching competencies. It focuses on skills that lead to effective coaching conversations and that are required to build a successful coaching business. It evokes awareness about how identity, thoughts, and feelings determine mindset; and why a change in Think Feel Do impacts the achievement of goals though a change in this mindset.

This program is approved by the International Coaching Federation for 95 hours and comprises 24 live, instructor led, fully interactive virtual sessions offered over Zoom. These lectures cover all aspects of coaching – topics such as Human Emotions and the Brain, Coaching through Emotional Intelligence, The Belief System, Coaching Process and Structure, Deep Listening, Setting Worthy Goals, Asking Insightful Questions, Addressing Client Resistance, Coaching Groups, The Business of Coaching, and many more. These are complemented with a library of reading and reference material, coaching challenges based on various real-life coaching situations, extensive hands-on coaching practice, and assignments designed to trigger reflection on and mastery of coaching skills.

ICF Training Hours: 95

Duration: 24-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Class Schedule
ProgramStart DateClass TimesClass Schedule
Certified Life CoachMonday, June 17th10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 24-weeks
Certified Organizational Development CoachTueday, July 23rd10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 25-weeks
Certified Executive CoachWednesday, July 24th10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 12-weeks
Certified NLP CoachThursday, July 25th10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 25-weeks
Level 1/2 - ACC/PCC
Mentoring
Friday, August 9th10:30am ET
3:00pm ET (Full)
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 1-hour
for 6-sessions PLUS 4 one-on-
one sessions with mentor