How to become an executive coach
How to become an executive coach – Part I
December 30, 2017
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How to become an executive coach – Part II

In this part, we continue to answer the important question: how to become an executive coach? At A&P International cross-cultural business solutions, experts in business management consulting
services, we have all the necessary tools available to our clients to achieve their objectives. That is
why we decided to prepare an article that will prepare them to start in the right direction.

However, summarizing all the content in a single article is almost impossible. For that reason, we
decided to divide all the information into three parts. In this second part, we will see what the
ideal profile of an executive coach should be.

What is the profile of an excellent executive coach?

Once we have a definition as a reference (you can review it in the first part here), we can establish
what are those diverse and complex disciplines or areas that an excellent executive coach must

Knowledge and experience in a company:

An executive coach must have company vision to understand the objectives and the business
context of their clients. This also gives credibility to the client and the sponsor. In addition to this
general knowledge about how a business functions, an operating account, a merger or acquisition
process, a strategic plan, etc., you must also know the particularities of your client’s business or
activity. All this requires, in addition to a good training in business management, experience for
years as a manager in large and complex organizations, much better if it is as a member of the
team or steering committee, being a highlight of having served as general manager. This allows
him not only to have the credibility of his clients but also allows him to better understand the
context and facilitates him to create an extraordinary empathy and connection with clients.

Knowledge and experience in psychology

When speaking of knowledge and experience in psychology we do not refer to the mastery of the
skills to relate with others, to connect or empathize, which is what is sometimes called social,
emotional intelligence, and, even more popularly, ‘street psychology.’ Having that is fine. Neither
do we refer to having the official title as a psychologist. Having studied psychology is an excellent
base, but there are also many excellent coaches who, without being psychologists, have very good
applied knowledge of psychological theories, both the most classic and the most current, that
rigorously analyze and interpret the fundamental concepts of psychology, which are relevant to
the practice of executive coaching.

Knowledge and experience in organizations

The executive coach works with clients who work within an increasingly complex organizational
context. This is where our clients must achieve extraordinary results, as well as manage and
prosper in their professional career. Therefore, it is essential for an executive coach who
understands very well the dynamics, explicit and implicit, that occur in an organizational structure,
how the most complex systems work, their processes and how to evaluate all those elements in
the organization where the client work. While in the first point we referred more to how a
company works and manages, here is to understand the organizational and systemic peculiarities
of any complex system.

Continue reading the third part to go deeper into this matter. Remember that there are many
factors involving the challenges of corporate coaching. At A&P International cross-cultural
business solutions, professionals in business management consulting services, we want to help
you. If you have any doubt or comment, please, contact us!