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Why CEOs and top executives in the Arab region need leadership coaching

To keep everything in perspective, help manage these tasks and stay sharp and level-headed, a leadership and/or life coach is a must

PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2018 said the coaching industry was the second-fastest growing in the world A balanced work-life performance allows leaders to meet profitability KPIs, family obligations and quality of life time Onboard Coaching, is when a coach works bottom-top with newly hired talent to support them and help them integrate

CEOs and top company executives earn top dollar, but do you ever wonder why and how they do it?

Bombarded by emails and countless urgent interruptions, CEOs’ daily jobs typically entail impromptu crisis management, continuous strategizing, trend chasing, research analysis, reading dozens of news sources and business blogs, board meetings and most importantly keeping companies profitable.

That’s not to mention family and social obligations that such high level networkers have to maintain. 

So, what happens to rest, reflection and exercise?

To keep everything in perspective, help manage these tasks, and stay sharp and level-headed, a leadership and/or life coach is a must.

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 A look on what these coaches can do

PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2018 said the coaching industry was the second-fastest growing in the world.

And when a leadership coach can return 5 or 6 times ROI, it is something companies consider with heightened interest.  

An executive coach helps alleviate the pressure on CEOs who usually work in quarters of fiscal accountability (Q1,Q2..), not only at work but also at home: “Honey, how did you do this quarter?”

Image according to Sherpa coaching studyBusiness coaches create a balanced work-life performance allowing leaders to meet business profitability KPIs, family obligations and quality of life time.    

If you were such a leader, they would first ask you what vision you can set for your life. They will help you soul-search until you can confidently define what is meaningful and fulfilling to you. 

Coaches will then categorize your goals into various areas such as family, career, business, or health, and find the connected dots to closely link them.  

Next are the challenges and limiting beliefs that stand in the way of great achievements. Coaches will work on loosening the hold these inhibitors have on your mind and psyche, shift your perspective and instill empowering beliefs that will motivate you going forward. 

Finally, coaches will move goal posts to ones that are more compatible with your new balanced social and professional life having equipped you with goals visualization, exercise, meditation and time management skills, among others for a deeper sense of purpose in your life. 

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A look at UAE-based Executive Coach offerings (no particular order) 

noomii

noomi says their brand of executive coaching is ideal for high-powered executives who want to increase their performance, develop their management skills, or overcome obstacles in areas such as communication, time management, public speaking, strategic planning, confidence, or work-life balance. An executive coach there will expose blind spots and challenge the executive to achieve greater levels of success.

WWACoaching

WWA Corporate Coaching claims it is the largest and most established leadership coaching company in the Middle East region delivering transformational professional coaching results. “We do this by employing the only International Coach Federation accredited team coaching model, providing your leadership team with an ‘operating system’ based on Relationship Systems Intelligence that creates conscious, intentional relationships,” the website said. 

IHH Gulf

LHH Gulf’ says it has a flexible range of options that can be customized to assist emerging leaders, middle managers or executives in order to build the leadership competencies needed to develop organisations’ business strategy and goals.

An interesting aspect we found in this company was Onboard Coaching, where it works bottom-top with newly hired talent to support them and help them integrate and bring the value anticipated by the organizations’ top leadership.  

One Life Coaching

“Are you feeling “stuck” in your career, unable to move up the ladder?” asks One Life Coaching on its site.

“Have you been promoted from a managerial level to a director’s level and feel daunted by the idea of looking at the bigger picture and thinking outside the box?”

It answers by saying that “Unlike training or mentoring, executive coaching helps you identify your own problems, your own solutions and ways of implementing them yourself. As coaches, we believe that the answer is deep within you.”

n2ec

N3 Executive claims it is a unique and bespoke 25-year-old Talent Advisory, Leadership Consulting and Executive Coaching business, providing world-class advice to individuals and companies ‘Navigating the New Norm’.

“At N3 Executive we bring the very latest in academic research, science and global best practices to life. We focus on individual and business needs to ensure sustainable results and ROI.” 

Kaisen

Kaisen says it performs change driven business strategy and leadership coaching for medium to large businesses.

“Our award-winning expert teams have worked with over 700 companies worldwide, helping business leaders boost revenue by an average of 41%.”