#49: Effective Coaching with Costas Kalisperas

Effective Coaching with Costas Kalisperas

In this episode, Costas Kalisperas shares some precious insights about coaching and building trust. 

Below are a few notable highlights: 

  • While most companies offer training for technical knowledge, few offer their leaders opportunities to acquire key behavioural skills, which are critical for building trust, forming alliances and creating inclusive thinking environments.

  • When coaching is offered, it is usually imposed on leaders as a behavioural “remedy”. Instead, coaching should be offered to the best executives and the next generation of leaders to help them strengthen their performance, rather than to remedy it.

  • Coaching is most effective when the asking of non-directive questions helps clients to find their own best answers.

  • The key to improved well-being at work is self-awareness and self-management: while you can’t affect other people’s behaviour, you can learn how to react to it in a way that is more likely to be constructive.

  • If you are in tune with how you are feeling, you can manage your own ego better, as well as find tools and techniques to build trust and collaboration for improved well-being and collective success.

Our Guest: Costas Kalisperas

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Costas is a Londoner of Greek Cypriot heritage and has worked as a barrister, solicitor, investment banker, private equity executive, angel investor and board director across a range of industries in a professional services career spanning 30 years. He has lived and worked in the US, UK and the Middle East over that time. 

Now an executive coach, his clients describe his approach as one that encompasses structure and challenge on the one hand and empathy and support on the other. His focus is on helping leaders to be in tune with themselves and their environment, tap into their inner resourcefulness and manage their interactions with others more effectively. This helps to nurture greater collaboration and collective success, while having some fun along the journey. 

Costas has been entrusted with leadership responsibility around team cohesion, morale, mentoring and career development in all his prior roles, including as a Head of a team and as Chair of year-end review committees at Barclays investment bank for many years, as well as in senior positions at Credit Suisse, Lehman Brothers and Bank of America. He has thereby gained valuable insights into the importance of transparency, collaboration, diversity and inclusion in achieving the best results. 

Costas is a graduate of Meyler Campbell’s Mastered Programme, an accredited coach by the EMCC, a Fellow of the Institute of Coaching and a Hogan Certified practitioner.



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