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Workplace Disruptions are Creating a Bigger Demand for a New Type of Leader—Here’s One Way You Can Guide Executives to Forge a New Path
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Workplace Disruptions are Creating a Bigger Demand for a New Type of Leader—Here’s One Way You Can Guide Executives to Forge a New Path

Major disruptions are completely remaking the way we work, what we want out of our jobs, and how we need our leaders to manage. 

Many of these changes are exciting: more remote work opportunities, flexible schedules to build work-life balance, and an increase in unlimited vacation days. Workplaces are becoming more respectful, co-creative, and dynamic energy-conscious places where soft skills have importance. Yet, as the landscape of traditional work erodes before our eyes, we’re developing a new type of workplace that no one was trained to understand or succeed in. 

Ultimately, the importance of soft skills, which were not valued and even seen as weaknesses for decades, has increased dramatically. Traits like communication, teamwork, adaptability, creativity, and interpersonal skills are now just as important to an organization as professional credentials, training, and degrees. 

Leaders and executives are affected by these changes more than anyone else. It can be confusing and overwhelming trying to figure out the new demands on leadership, and many are urgently seeking guidance to learn to lead well within the new workplace paradigm. 

If you choose to pursue a fulfilling career as an executive coach, you could be engaged in personally meaningful work, at the forefront of this industry-defining shift. 

With the support of a well-trained executive coach, leaders have the opportunity to bring out the best in themselves, authentically facilitate trust, cohesion, and naturally occurring motivation across in their teams, and connect with everyone around them in an empowering, cohesive way, which lends to a more positive, enjoyable workplace environment everyone can enjoy. 

You’ll also help your clients accelerate performance with less stress—a groundbreaking reward the old paradigm rarely delivered.

Why Leaders And Companies Want to Change Now

Leaders and companies want to change their approach to management now for several key reasons: 

  • Generation Z is entering the workforce and bringing new expectations, like mental health awareness in the workplace, to the table.

  • Soft skills like a good attitude, creative problem solving, and curiosity are becoming more valuable than traditional skills as technology advancements shift workplace demands.

  • Millennials have shifted workplace culture and attitudes with their preference for engaged managers who take time for collaborative, ongoing goal setting and prefer more partner-like relationships as opposed to feeling disconnected from management.

These factors, combined with many more, set up a workplace that requires thoughtful and authentic leaders. Leaders who can communicate across a broad range of new situations, with people from multiple generations programmed with vastly different priorities, communication styles, and world views, to earn the respect and trust of emotionally intelligent employees who bring valuable skills and fresh innovation to the company.  

Before, a manager, CEO, or company president was expected to autocratically set priorities, identify ways to push toward progress, and mechanically delegate tasks to a team that worked together day in and day out. Today’s leaders must connect with people who work flexible schedules and need more collaboration to feel engaged. They must inspire their teams to feel passionate about their work and tie it into something more meaningful than a checklist. They must become servant leaders, listening, asking, and surrendering, which are virtues contrary to what many leaders have been trained to focus on in their roles. 

An Executive Coach offers a proverbial life float to executives struggling to keep up with the incessant workplace changes that have exponentially developed over the last ten years by acting as a guide—giving them the tools they need to understand themselves and others in new ways and asking questions to help them find the answers and insights within themselves. 

When you partner with clients, you’ll be able to introduce a new feeling of understanding, empowerment, and relief into their lives. You’ll be able to help them understand that as the energy in the workplace changes, and we shift into a more conscious-based work model, the best way for them to experience the positive growth and results that they crave is to learn to examine and reflect on the energy that they, themselves are bringing to their environment. 

With the expert guidance of an executive coach, leaders can feel fully empowered to positively shift their management style to bring more positivity, and better results, to their teams and businesses, and affect positive culture changes at work. 

What Happens When Leaders Don’t Adapt To The Soft Skill Centered Workplace

Today, almost one out of three employees doesn’t trust their manager. When there’s a lack of trust in the workplace, employees begin to disengage and lose self-esteem, initiative, and passion for the outcome of their work. 

Burnout is another growing workplace trend, which was classified by the World Health Organization as a real medical diagnosis this year. The WHO defines burnout as, “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” When ignored, burnout drives absences (stress and burnout drive nearly 60% of absences), resignations, and costs businesses somewhere between $150 to $350 billion annually according to top experts

When executives don’t adapt an empowered approach to leadership, these are only two of the major consequences that can manifest. Previously, the adage was to lead with control and fear—to make yourself look like the most tough and powerful person in the room. To never look weak and never be taken advantage of. 

But as the workplace evolves, we’re discovering that openness and empowerment, kindness, and compassion are much better motivators for employees. 

To really thrive today, leaders have to be willing to think about their role at work differently. And as an Executive Coach, you can help them reexamine the type of presence they want to bring into their workplace and teach them how the energy that they project will influence the response they get back from their teams. You’ll facilitate their growth as a leader from someone who leads with intimidation to someone who increases meaningful connections across teams, and creates a more positive, and productive work environment that everyone can enjoy.

Why Leaders Need An Executive Coach To Help Them Understand The Soft Skill Centered Workplace

While there are many areas where an Executive Coach can support clients, you’re in a special place to help leaders understand the needs of a soft-skill-centered workplace. As an iPEC Certified Professional Coach, executives will immediately trust you more because you’ve shown them that you’re invested in your training, inspiring their confidence in your abilities. 

Executives need a trusted business partner who they can see as an equal to help them illuminate truths that they’ve suspected but couldn’t completely articulate, visualize, or understand on their own. They’re looking for someone who takes success and results as seriously as they do, and with your training, you’ll be able to walk them through proven systems that have transformed the lives (and performance outcomes) of many leaders before them. 

Your clients will need to feel safe and comfortable enough with you that they’ll let their guard down and surrender to seeing their world, their work, and themselves from a new perspective. With the growing demand for improved human connection, meaning, and responsibility for the wellbeing of others, your role as an Executive Coach is to help the struggling leader get in touch with the best part of themselves so that they can bring out the best in each of their team members and in all of their work. 

What’s Next? 

The way we work and do business is changing. Rapidly. In big and small ways. And the most successful organizations understand that their leadership has to adapt a new approach to management and relationships to create cohesive, streamlined workplaces.

Many companies see this but don’t know how to change. 

Making these shifts requires a leader to be patient and humble. A sense of humor helps. But more than anything, having a supportive guide to walk you through the process is the fastest and surest path to success. 

Your iPEC training will teach you to develop authentic executives who lead with their values and connect deeply with others, bringing the human element back into work and back into the leadership lexicon. By meeting leaders where they are, and by introducing incremental change, you’ll be able to create maximum impact. 

Being a leader no longer means being the ruthless King of the Jungle. Lao Tzu sums up the heart-centered workplace best, “How does the sea become the king of all rivers and streams? It lies lower than them.” 

Are you excited about the transformation of the modern workplace into a more connected, empowering environment? Do you want to help Executives bring more of this powerful, positive impact into the world? If so, download your free guide, The Complete Guide to Executive Coaching Certification: Everything You Need to Know About Becoming an Executive Coach

Have you been thinking about professional coach training for a while but have questions? If so, get your questions answered by connecting with an expert! We’re here to answer all of your questions, big and small. We can’t wait to talk with you.

About Heather Doyle, PCC, CPC, ELI-MP


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