An experienced center director had recently been accepted into the Senior Executive Service (SES) Candidate Program. He wanted to develop his leadership skills so he could secure a senior role on a permanent basis. A subject matter expert who had managed small teams of scientists in the past, he needed to be more effective in developing and communicating a strategic perspective, building collaborative relationships, delegating, coping with pressure and adversity, and managing his time.
We assessed his strengths and developed a plan building on those. Naturally approachable and open to feedback, with our help the director demonstrated a willingness to adapt to a new environment and culture. He strengthened key relationships, elevated his executive presence for more gravitas, sharpened his communication skills, enrolled staff for stretch assignments and, responding to his new responsibilities, started the process of developing his own leadership brand.
The client was selected for the executive level director position on a permanent basis, and this happened before the coaching engagement completed.