January 30, 2023

The Transformative Power of Executive Coaching

by Dr. Susan DeWoody

In 2017, I embarked on a transformative journey that would shape my career trajectory and passion – I began partnering with an executive coach.

During this time, I found myself navigating the intricate pathways of my career, facing challenges and decisions that demanded a profound level of introspection.

The Game-Changer: Support, Reflection, and Partnership

This decision turned out to be a game-changer for me, offering me a unique blend of support, reflection, and partnership that I desperately needed.

The executive coaching relationship served as a sounding board, a needed mirror, and a thought partner. In the dynamic world of leadership, having a dedicated space to articulate thoughts, express concerns, and explore ideas is invaluable.

Refining Decision-Making and Understanding Leadership Style

My coach became the trusted confidant I could turn to, providing me with constructive feedback and challenging my perspectives, often helping me to uncover the answers that were within me that I struggled to surface on my own.

Addressing Loneliness in Female Executive Leadership

One aspect that resonated profoundly with me was the recognition of the loneliness that often accompanies female executive leadership.

My executive coach played a crucial role in alleviating this loneliness, offering a supportive and empathetic space to discuss challenges unique to female leaders and help me to remove blinders, allowing me to see strengths I possessed.

Transitioning to Executive Coaching in 2020

Fast forward to 2020, a year marked by unprecedented challenges and a global shift in the workplace. It was during this tumultuous time that I made the decision to transition from only being coached to also becoming a coach myself.

Becoming an executive coach wasn’t merely a side hustle for me; it was a conscious choice to share the support and empowerment I had received with other leaders.

Celebrating Wins and Fostering Resilience

Working with leaders allowed me to celebrate wins with them, a practice often neglected in the demanding world of executives.

The decision to become an executive coach was fueled by a genuine desire to provide to other leaders, which significantly helped me along my professional journey.

Continuing the Coaching Path and Commitment to Empowering Leaders

As I continue on this coaching path and increase my training and credentialing in coaching, my commitment remains steadfast – empowering leaders to thrive, grow, and find fulfillment in their professional endeavors.

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