“You can’t be a great leader, if you’re not a great you”

Executive Coaching with Andrea Goodridge

As a busy senior leader in a fast-paced organisation, the most important thing you can do is to focus on what energises you and what you do well. This is something that executive coaching will help you with.

Failing to focus on yourself and your leadership practice can result in a busy approach of doing what comes next, rather than what needs to be done.

Trying to do everything instead of working from your strengths, you’ll start second-guessing yourself. You’ll find it harder to focus, and lack the confidence to make decisions or effectively manage your team. Now is a good time to think about executive coaching for yourself.

Losing sight of what’s important to you, you’ll find yourself lacking in energy or enthusiasm and dread showing up for work every day.

This doesn’t mean you don’t have what it takes to be a great leader. It means you’re not putting yourself first. It's time to take some time out to reflect, recharge and refocus on you.

If you’re struggling to get engagement, drowning in unfinished tasks or not progressing in your career, I can help. My executive coaching supports you to rediscover your potential by giving you time and space to think, away from the chaos and pressures of work.  While we’re working together, I’ll encourage you to:

  • Be true to yourself – stop trying to do everything and focus on your values and strengths
  • Confront your ‘home truths’ – things change once you stop pretending things are OK
  • Explore your fears and face up to how you’re holding yourself back
  • Step out of your comfort zone – start doing things differently to see better results
  • Commit to new behaviours and new ways of thinking to boost your confidence as a senior leader and reconnect with your teams.

Coaching is your time to address your challenges and truly speak your mind, without fear of criticism or being seen as a failure, or weak.

Andrea will help you reflect, recharge and refocus so you can

Develop a strong vision for yourself and your organisation, grounded in your values so you feel inspired and bring energy and creativity back to your work.

Feel energised and connected to your purpose so you understand where you fit within your organisation and aware of the difference you make.

Improve your resilience so you find it easier to manage underperformance and difficult situations and gain the respect and trust of your teams.

Believe in yourself and your abilities as a leader, start trusting your judgement, making decisions and seeking opportunities to grow.

A previous client once told me, “The answers are already in your head, you just need the time and space for them to emerge”.

If you look within yourself and believe in yourself, you’ll discover the strength and conviction to make difficult decisions. You’ll build your resilience to engage in challenging conversations and the energy and motivation to make a positive difference in your work.

Curious to learn more about coaching? 

Read my blog series: Executive Coaching Explained, where I share my insights into what happens in coaching, what to focus on, the benefits and the common concerns.

Coaching is your time to be listened to you without judgement. 

A key focus of my work is challenging you to look beyond the obvious and face the things you’re not comfortable about. It’s not easy, and at times it will feel uncomfortable. 

Believe me, that’s a good thing.  It means you’re listening to your inner self and stretching yourself to make positive changes.

Ready to address your challenges?

Executive Coaching with Andrea Goodridge

Working with Andrea is like talking to a really good friend, whom you trust implicitly and who doesn’t just tell you what to do but makes it seem as though you are the one doing all the solution finding. I know Andrea would say that it is indeed the coachee who finds the solutions, but this is done through a significant amount of listening, thoughtful questioning and reflection on both parts.

I would highly recommend coaching – I found it so useful that I booked additional sessions and will continue to book regular check-ins with Andrea just to help me to keep focused.

Rachel Cross
Head teacher, St Mary’s CE Primary School, Slough

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Start believing in yourself and rediscover your ability to be a great leader.

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