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GSB hosts Leadership workshop for business executives

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Participants of the Executive Coaching and Leadership workshop with Gerard O’ Donovan sitting in the middle.

More than 65 business executives successfully completed the Executive Coaching and Leadership Workshop organised by The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Graduate School of Business at the Statham Campus on 1-4 May 2018.

Course coordinator, Mr. Gerard O’ Donovan, said coaching and leadership is an important aspect of leadership and the workshop’s overall aim was to support and further promote the notion that all the stakeholders have an important role to play while providing coaching and leadership in organisations. 

The workshop was organised for executives who wanted to improve their self-confidence, strike a better work-life balance, open up new career opportunities and become more effective leaders.

According to Mr. O’Donovan, the “executive coaching should never be treated as an afterthought or an “extra,” but as an essential part of developing maximum leadership potential.”

GSB’s contribution to the golden jubilee celebration of the University is to provide an important platform that nurtures executives and leaders in the delivery of their responsibilities and roles and this workshop is one of those.

During the course, participants were taught that executive coaching may be interpreted differently by different people - for some the concept of “coaching” may carry connotations of remediation.

“Executive coaching is assisting top executives, managers, and other identified leaders to perform, learn, stay healthy and balanced, and effectively guide their teams to successfully reach desired goals and exceed individual and corporate expectations.

Moreover, Mr. O’Donovan noted that “enabling leaders are then able to unlock and unleash their full-potential thereby bringing greater value and abundance to the people and entities they serve”

Upon completion of the workshop the participants were able to:

• Understand how the world of business is changing;
• Understand the benefits for companies of developing and using executive coaches ;
• Learn how to use executive coaching to dramatically grow their business and develop leadership;
• Assess their own strategic leadership behaviours;
• Assess their own inspiring leadership behaviours;  and
• Create their own strategic and inspiring leadership plan that evaluates the benefits of their plan.

While specific outcomes of executive coaching depend on the goals that the coach and client set at the beginning of their work together, many more overarching benefits have been reported by clients and companies that have used executive coaching.

The benefits of executive coaching are an increased self-awareness, increased self-regulation, greater empathy and emotional intelligence, flexible thinking replacing rigid thinking and higher levels of motivation.

This news item was published on 21 May 2018 11:40:33 am. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email

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