Academic background and credibility in executive coaching effectiveness

  • Gil Bozer, James C. Sarros, Joseph C. Santora
  • Personnel Review, August 2014, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/pr-10-2013-0171

Executive Coaching Effectiveness

What is it about?

Although conceptually the coach has been considered central to the coaching process and outcomes, the existing evidence is scarce. Specifically, we need to know which coach characteristics actually make a difference in facilitating coaching transfer. The purpose of this paper is to provide an empirical examination of the relationships between a coach’s academic background in psychology, and credibility with executive coaching effectiveness as reflected in greater levels of individual outcomes.

Why is it important?

Our findings may assist industry and educators in improving the formal preparation of coaches, and in better identifying and selecting competent coaches. This outcome is critical given the growing investment in coaching as a management development strategy. Additionally, this study provides greater insights about the type of individual outcomes executive coaching could achieve, and the conditions that increase the likelihood of coaching to be more beneficial for executives.

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