Executive coaching: Does coach-coachee matching based on similarity really matter?

  • Gil Bozer, Baek-Kyoo Joo, Joseph C. Santora
  • Consulting Psychology Journal Practice and Research, January 2015, American Psychological Association (APA)
  • DOI: 10.1037/cpb0000044

Executive coaching effectiveness

What is it about?

While the match between coach and coachee to develop an effective coaching relationship is critical for coaching effectiveness, research that empirically examined the coaching relationship has been scarce. Furthermore, very little is known about the key determinants that should be taken into account when pairing a coach with a coachee. This quasi-experimental study addresses this gap in the literature by identifying and testing the relationships between gender and perceived similarity and executive coaching effectiveness as reflected in greater levels of individual outcomes. The primary conclusion highlighted gender and perceived similarity as contributors to a coach-coachee fit producing positive coaching outcomes: improvements in self-awareness and in task performance. The findings can guide organizations in making optimal matches between coaches and coachees.

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