Realise your leadership goals and potential together with a confidential business (executive) coach for yourself or for a management group. A coach gives you positive support, feedback and advice, allowing you to:
- develop your executive presence
- change or achieve career goals
- fine tune interpersonal and professional communication
- lead and manage performance
- develop strategic thinking
- deal effectively with conflict
- build an effective team
Find and select a coach
Before selecting a coach, explore whether executive coaching is right for your development needs and aspirations. Refer to coaching vs. mentoring below, discuss it with your supervisor and a Learning and Development Team member. It's also worthwhile discussing this with your mentor, if you have one.
Griffith has a list of recommended coaches that you can use as a starting point in your search. The list includes coaches who:
- have experience working with Griffith as executive coaches
- have worked in the higher education sector and developed a reputation for providing valuable input to managers
- are well credentialed, experienced and known to operate with a high level of integrity.
Note: this list is not exhaustive, nor is it a list of preferred suppliers, but great to use as a trusted starting point.
Here are some useful guides on how to select to right coach for you:
- How to choose the right executive coach for you
- Seven questions to ask when selecting an executive coach
- How to choose the ideal executive coach for you, Forbes/Leadership, December 2014
Coaching vs. Mentoring
A coach supports you to tackle and perform a particular goal. They provide constructive feedback and delegate further similar tasks, setting goals or higher-level tasks for the individual to complete. Coaching is about having a positive relationship where the coachee respects, trusts and identifies with the coach.
A mentor gives advice and guidance on career development. Mentoring is about developing a relationship between a more senior and experienced mentor and an inexperienced mentee to guide and develop the mentee's knowledge and career progression. The mentor generally will be someone who is not an immediate supervisor/manager, or even a part of the organisation.