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The Psychology of Executive Coaching is an Opportunity for Psychologists

Updated on June 17, 2015

Psychology of Executive Coaching

The psychology of executive coaching is all about finding out what makes executives tick. It's about finding out how each individual executive thinks, behaves, reacts, and communicates. And of course, why they do what they do.

Executive Coaching is All About the Mind

Executives are usually unique and highly complex individuals. They have used their unique skill set to climb to the top of the business mountain. The psychology of executive coaching means that a coach must be skilled at detecting, evaluating, and assessing the psychological traits which either hinder or help an executive. This means it is all about the mind – and psychologists are very interested in the mind.

An Opportunity for Psychologists

Psychologists who have ventured into the coaching field found a great opportunity to use their skills and knowledge. Executive coaching is trending up, and more and more companies are beginning to see the value in using coaches to help their leaders improve. Business owners and executives realize that coaching positively effects the bottom line, and the psychology of executive coaching means that those who have studied the mind – psychologists – are a perfect fit for the coaching industry.

Coaching is Not Therapy

Though coaching is definitely not therapy, there are similarities. Therapy and coaching are both about working with people, listening and offering feedback, and dealing with people's issues. Therapists usually focus on the problems; coaches focus on the solutions. However, both of them focus on the psychology and behavior of an individual.

The Psychology of Executive Coaching – an Opportunity for Psychologists

The psychologist uses psychological methods and techniques to facilitate the development and growth of individuals. This easily translates to the executive coaching industry, where coaches seek to facilitate the growth and development of leaders.

Another way that the psychology of executive coaching fits the training and experience of a psychologist is that they deal with personal issues. You would think that executive coaches never deal with personal issues; in fact, they are almost never hired to address personal issues. Though they are hired to work with business issues, many executive coaches report that they often work with a personal issue of the executive they are coaching.

Psychologists are also a great match for the executive coaching field because they can bring a dose of humanity to a world that is often dog-eat-dog and built on corporate Darwinism. They can help to humanize the workplace while helping leaders deal with the extreme challenges of leadership. Teaching leaders to be about humanity as well as the process and data will create better executives.

The Psychology of an Executive Coach

The psychology of coaching is all about mastering your own mind, and then helping your clients master theirs. Mastering your mind allows your to control or eliminate your weaknesses, manage your fears, and emphasize your strengths.

The psychology of executive coaching means that you can take this ability to master your own psychology, and use it to help leaders master their own emotions, fears, talents, and skills. When you can do this, you have used psychological methods to coach executives to be the best they can be.

Are you a therapist or psychologist who sees how coaching can change the world? Though life coaching is a great field, and one many psychologists view as similar to psychology, don't underestimate the power of your psychological knowledge and skills to make a big difference in the executive coaching industry.

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