Studies confirm the notion that the best leaders are never satisfied with the status quo and are always looking for new and improved ways to lead while the worst leaders continue to believe they need no help at all. For centuries exceptional leaders have been demonstrating a willingness to learn by expanding their knowledge base. Leadership development lies in recognizing and empowering excellence within yourself – and the right executive coach can show you how while holding you accountable to achieve your desired results. Everyone Has Something to Learn When do we reach “excellence”? Is it after a decade or two on the job? Or once we’re considered “experts” in our field? I believe true leadership excellence is based on the acknowledgement and acceptance that there is always a lesson to be learned and there is always room for improvement. Consider those individuals who are considered the best at what they do – sports politics etc. they all have folks helping them improve to get to the next level. And that’s true for everyone from Olympic athletes to the President of the United States. Using all the Tools in the Toolbox There are a variety of ways to improve performance. You can seek out therapy to uncover the intrapersonal issues that may be holding you back or engage in formal training to help fine tune a skill set. Maybe a consultant can use measures to guide behavior and produce desired outcomes. The truth is these are all valid ways to improve but it’s the coach who combines all of these methods to help executive leaders make better decisions lead more fulfilled lives and empower excellence within themselves. Independent Objectivity is Key If you want to excel at anything it’s critical to enlist independent objectivity and thought to help develop the skills necessary to realize your potential and empower your excellence. An executive coach provides that essential objectivity helping to highlight strengths minimize weaknesses and bring out those exceptional skills that are not as well developed or underutilized. Whether it’s to be more effective with direct reports create more positive relationships with colleagues or build solutions to challenging problems an executive coach provides the advice guidance reflection and self-awareness necessary to improve and achieve exponential excellence.