I frequently get asked – “What is the difference between executive and life coaching?”
“Which one will help me more?” Let me share with you about both and how you can use both executive or life coaching for the result you desire.
When I first started my course to become a coach, I was confused between the two as well, however after five years of coaching I have realised that executive and life coaching are pretty similar. In essence, both types of coaching use similar techniques, the difference simply lies in the approach used.
The following are the similarities between executive and life coaching :
The following are the differences between executive and life coaching:
An external issue always needs internal work, that’s where the two overlap and that’s what I do. I help clients understand this overlap with doing internal work as well as working towards reaping the external rewards of this internal work.
However, the choice between executive or life coaching depends on what results the client is looking for. A simple question of , “ WHAT NEXT IN MY LIFE?” can be tackled both ways depending on if the client wants to know more about who he/she is internally, then it needs life coaching. And if he/she wants to develop and work on which steps to take, what new territory he/she want to explore and develop, then it needs executive coaching.
All issues and questions need exploring before making a conclusion about the direction of coaching however, it always depends on the result the client is looking for.
Let me explain further by way of an example. A person applied for a job he really wanted. He worked and prepped for it before the interview but did not end up getting it. He is disheartened but is looking for a change and wants to be coached to help him get another job.
Now let me show you how the approach would be depending on executive coaching or life coaching:
Ultimately, taking either angle of executive or life coaching depends completely on the client and his /her needs and wants. There is no better or lesser approach as both will lead to the result as desired by the client.