WomanUp coaches enhance mentoring and other supports
Many WomanUp business clients seek coaching services for their potential future female leaders to enhance the mentoring support which is a core element of the WomanUp programme. Mentoring focuses on support, while coaching focuses on action. Together the combination is powerful.
A panel of specially-trained WomanUp coaches work directly with each female participant helping her to achieve the career goals she set and address the barriers she needs to overcome.
What is involved?
A typical WomanUp coaching relationship comprises 6 coaching sessions typically carried out over six months as follows:
Session one: getting started
Session two: setting the goals
Session three: overcoming the blocks
Sessions four and five: embedding behaviour
Session six: reviewing and preparing for the way forward.
In session one, our experienced female coach spends time getting to understand the coachee, her ambitions, her leadership challenges and what a successful outcome looks like from the coaching relationship.
The most important output from this session is a shared trust between the WomanUp coach and coachee, together with agreement and clarity as to what the weeks ahead will involve.
Research shows that women don’t put enough focus on thinking through what their career aspirations are and then planning how to turn those aspirations into action. In this session, the WomanUp coach brings the coachee through a career planning process specifically developed by WomanUp for our female leaders.
The output of this session is newly- found clarity and direction and a set of very clear goals to help the coachee achieve her leadership ambitions.
Overcoming the blocks
Based on two years of extensive research, WomanUp has identified some significant barriers that get in the way of females reaching their leadership potential. By developing strategies and behaviours to overcome these barriers, significant positive change can be achieved.
In this session, WomanUp coaches challenge our potential female leaders to identify and overcome the barriers that are getting in their way and embrace the strategies and behaviours to make them more successful. The output of this session is a much deeper self-awareness and clarity about the “personal” obstacles to achieving success.
Supporting the change
During sessions four and five, the WomanUp coach supports, encourages and gives feedback to the coachee as she goes about achieving the goals she has set.
Embedding the change
WomanUp’s coaching service is about achieving lasting positive change. During the final session, the WomanUp coach works with the client to reshape her action plan and devise new goals to continue to bring about beneficial change once the coaching relationship is over.
What is the end result?
A successful WomanUp coaching programme, achieves long and lasting results for the coachee. She leaves the process: better armed for her leadership journey and is:
More clear about her career and leadership ambitions
Willing to take personal responsibility for achieving them
Better at managing the barriers she faces
More effective at what she does
More balanced in her approach to work and life.