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Why data-driven coaching can help you manage better

Jan 16, 2023

Executive coaching is a powerful way to support leaders with development. It’s a personal leadership development process with specific objectives to help you grow your effectiveness to positively impact business outcomes and align your values and vision with the organization’s. The goal is to enhance the performance of key executives, and data can help.

In today’s increasingly fast-paced, competitive and complex business environment, leaders face unprecedented challenges and situations they don’t always know how to handle. An experienced coach can help develop the capabilities of high-potential managers and provide a sounding board on organizational dynamics, strategic issues or day-to-day management decisions. They can help you harness the power of data to improve your entire skill set.

Data-driven coaching for personal leadership development has several benefits:

It bridges the gap between subjective observation and objective measurement

If your coach doesn’t have some objective assessment data to learn about you, it’s more difficult for them to glean true knowledge, personality and skills information. Data brings authentic clarity and consensus to your current state or starting point.

It brings efficiency to the coaching process

Data allows your coach to build benchmarks to remeasure and quantify business impact. Effective coaches remain detached from outcomes, so data plays a role in showing the impact of the coaching results.

It supports intuitive listening and holistic thinking

With insights from data, you gain self-awareness and a good sense of the broad picture and task at hand, while your coach is able to really get to know you and communicate with you in a real and intuitive way — their intuition can kick in because they’ll know your data in detail.   

The best executive coaches are skilled facilitators with objective insights into how you and your team are motivated to perform and behave. Leveraging both quantitative and qualitative data, they can identify the priority issues and potential solutions that will help lead to an improved experience.

How Wipfli can help

Wipfli’s leadership development programs help leaders at every level cultivate a leadership mindset that empowers others to thrive. Learn more about how we help clients with people, process and strategy on our organizational performance consulting web page or read these articles:


Jennifer Mackin
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