Executive Coaching: Expectations


 A Relationship Based on Mutual Trust & Respect


The cornerstone of any relationship is mutual trust and respect and the coaching relationship is no different. To build and establish trust, both the coach and client must have certain expectations of each other. These expectations must be clear and agreed on by both parties from the very beginning of the coaching relationship. Not to do so can create unnecessary tensions later on in the coaching relationship.


Expectations from the Coach

  • Objectivity and support of your growth and development.
  • Provision of a "safe space" to explore your strengths, improve your deficiencies and face your fears.
  • A nonjudgmental and encouraging environment, allowing you to be comfortable when exploring your present and future paths.
  • Complete confidentiality (as much as the law allows). However, in the interest of accountability, you will be asked to share your assessment results and individual leadership development plan with your direct manager. You will also be asked to share your individual development plan (not your assessment results) with other stakeholders you identify. 
  • Open, honest and candid feedback.
  • In-depth listening and when appropriate promotion of new insights and discovery.
  • The belief that the answers reside in you and you only need to be asked the right questions to reveal them. 
  • The ability to leave the coaching relationship equipped with the necessary tools to handle similar situations in the future and to know when to ask for additional help.
  • To help you bring out the best in yourself and the ability to sustain it into the future.
  • To be a resource and a sounding board for you to breakthrough barriers and accomplish your goals.


Expectations from the Client

  • A commitment to self-evaluation and the hard-work this will entail.
  • A commitment to receiving stakeholder feedback, guidance and support.
  • A commitment to receiving coach-driven feedback, guidance and support.
  • A commitment to keeping all appointments, being on time, being fully present, being free of all distractions and completing all assignments.
  • A commitment to seeing the process through to the end, despite unexpected interruptions, difficulties, or conflicts.
  • Pursuit of professional goals that will enhance your development and positively impact your performance and results.
  • The courage to try-out new behaviors and adjust your mind-set when necessary.
  • Feedback on the best way to work with you to achieve your goals.
  • Ownership for your progress and accomplishments.


Note: Barring emergencies, the cancellation of appointments by either party, requires at least a 48-hour notice to the other party