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LIFECOACH VS EXECUTIVE COACH


What about the difference between a life coach and an executive coach. Life coach vs executive coach so to speak.

In Life coaching the coaching agenda is not mixed with a business agenda, life coaching is all about the individual. By comparison, an executive, or leadership coach addresses the professional aspirations of the client. An individual in a leadership role has a responsibility to many people (shareholders, subordinates, the public, etc.)


Executive coaching focuses primarily at what you do and what you have, with a secondary focus on who you are while analyzing what you do/don't do to get the achieved results so far . Life coaching primarily examines who you are and how that way of being translates into your actions and results


The rapport between the life coach and client as well as the executive coach and client is based on a level of trust that grows stronger over time; however, the considerations of the coach/coachee relationship are vastly different.

While both a life coach and an executive/leadership coach work to guide or facilitate the client in meeting specific goals, the executive coach takes into account the organizational culture and business climate. Additionally, both a life coach and an executive coach seek to help their clients reach a deeper insight and understanding, but an executive coach works to help the client align this understanding with an organizational or business agenda or process.

An executive coach might best be defined as a coach who works with leaders who also have a personal life. Some thoughts or ideas that come into play in this relationship might include:

  • What areas of your professional life are working in a positive manner?

  • What areas could use improvement?

  • What type of professional feedback is affirming to you as a leader?

  • What do you consider to be a “win” in your work life?

  • What beliefs do you have that serve you well as you pursue future career goals?

  • What beliefs do you have that are not serving you?

  • What do you need to do to take your career to the next step?

As a life coach the focus of the client’s needs are personal in nature. Rather than providing professional development in how to be more effective in a work role, life coaches often help with personal life challenges. Some thoughts or ideas for exploration with a life coach may include:

  • Where do you want to be a year from now? Five years from now? Ten years from now

  • What do you want more of in your life?

  • What does success mean to you?

  • What do you want to be remembered for at the end of your life?

  • Are you moving in the direction of your dreams?

  • What would you do if you had no fear?

  • Are you enjoying what you do on a daily basis? What needs to change?

  • What could you do right now that would make the biggest difference in your life?

The approach of both coaches can be the same, though the focus lies on different things.

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