Executive Coaching: Expectations


 A Relationship Based on Mutual Trust


The cornerstone of any relationship is trust and the coaching relationship is no exception. To build and establish trust, both the coach and coachee 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 relationship.


Expectations from Coach…

  • Objectivity and support. I will be objective and supportive both in our one-on-one coaching sessions and in sessions with your manager(s) and colleagues.
  • A "safe space" to explore your strengths, improve your deficiencies and face your fears.
  • A nonjudgmental and encouraging position, allowing you to relax and explore your present and future path.
  • Complete confidentiality (as much as the law allows). The only exceptions: 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 leadership development plan with other stakeholders you identify. All other information is confidential unless you reveal that you are going to harm yourself or others.  We are required by law to report information of this type.
  • Open, honest and candid feedback.
  • In-depth listening and when appropriate promotion of new insights and discovery (teachable point of view).
  • A belief that many times you already have the answer, you just need someone to ask you the right questions. 
  • An intention to leave the coaching relationship having equipped you to move through these processes independently and to know when you need help going forward.
  • A goal of bringing out the best in you at present and seek your greatest future direction.
  • A resource and a sounding board for you to breakthrough barriers and accomplish your goals.


Expectations from Coachee…

  • A commitment to being open to self-evaluation and the hard-work this will entail.
  • A commitment to being open to receiving stakeholder feedback, guidance and support.
  • A commitment to being open to receiving coach-driven feedback, guidance and support.
  • A commitment to keeping all appointments, being on time and completing all assignments.
  • A commitment to seeing the process through to the end, despite unexpected hardships, difficulties, or conflicts.
  • Pursuit of a limited number of professional goals (i.e., strengths that need to be leveraged; development needs that need to be addressed in support of your potential).
  • The courage (with the coach's guidance and support) to try-out new behaviors and adjust your mind-set when necessary.
  • Feedback on the best way to work with you. I am happy to adjust my coaching style to better assist you in achieving 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