The development of the leadership skills of both department managers and executives in Romanian organizations are becoming essential in retaining talent, given that the labor market has been facing increased employee mobility in recent years.
Mobility is accentuated in the post-pandemic context, the trend being confirmed by movements such as The Great Resignation or The Silent Resignation, whose effects require a rethinking of the way in which the relationship with employees is viewed. In addition, coaching as a tool in the development of these leadership skills is seen as a long-term solution that can mitigate the negative effects of these global developments.
These are some of the main conclusions of the Future of Organizations, the largest coaching and leadership conference in Southeast Europe that took place last week in Bucharest and which brought together over 300 HR professionals, executive directors, experts, and coaches with extensive local and international experience. Organized over two days, the Future of Organizations was organized by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Romania and had as its main theme how organizations will have to adapt to the future, by developing new skills for its employees,
Among those who took the Future of Organizations stage were Simon Alexander Ong, author of the bestseller Energize: Make the Most of Every Moment, about which the famous New York Times wrote “It’s exactly the kind of book we need at the moment. With so much stress coming from all directions, Simon shows us what we can do to feel better about our lives,” Marion Franklin, author of the international bestseller The HeArt of Laser Focused Coaching and business coach, and Janet Harvey from Thought Leadership Institute within the International Coaching Federation. Ten of the most experienced coaches from Romania participated, all MCC – Master Certified Coaches, the highest level of ICF accreditation.
Coaching, essential for developing the skills of the future for organizations in Romania
According to the ICF, coaching is a creative and stimulating thinking process that inspires people to maximize their personal and professional potential. The goal of coaching is to unlock people’s potential and maximize their own performance.
Effective coaching supports people to change their way of thinking and establish new strategies to face various challenges. Open questions and encouraging clients’ autonomy to assume certain reasonable risks will help them increase their self-confidence, so that they can find alternative solutions to work and life problems.
In the presence of a quality relationship, people who turn to coaching will feel valued and involved, because someone is offering their time and expertise to help them achieve their goals, in the case of the one who facilitates the coaching sessions. In addition, coaching helps people discover their own motivation.
The coaching market in Romania is approaching the threshold of 50 million euros, after annual increases of approximately 20%, according to the estimates of specialists in the field. However, the coaching market in Romania is far from the level in developed countries, which shows that there is great potential for growth. In addition, the pandemic and the war in Ukraine put pressure on managers and entrepreneurs, who, in this context, increasingly turned to professional coaching services.