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Executive Coaching: An international analysis of the supply of executive coaching services
Führungskräfteentwicklung; Coaching; Umfrage
DDC (Dewey Decimal Classification)
Wirtschaft - 330
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Coaching; executive coaching; management development; leadership; coaching business, executive coaching profession
This study allows us to deepen our understanding of various aspects of the supply of executive coaching services used by international companies. Employing an exploratory research methodology the study offers findings in three key areas: the identity and backgrounds of executive coaches; the ways in which executive coaches organise themselves to address the demand for their services and finally the ways in which organisations meet the challenge of finding and working with executive coaches given a steadily increasing demand for their work.
The study shows that although executive coaches have diverse backgrounds there are certain elements that often recur. Executive coaches are likely to have spent a significant part of their working lives as employees in organisations before they transition into the field of executive coaching. However having made this change most of them are now established as self-employed professionals. Their average age is a few years higher than that of professional coaches in general and the balance between men and women in this kind of work tends to vary between North America and the United Kingdom, where women are in the majority and Continental Europe where more men are taking up the role.
Given executive coaches’ preference for remaining relatively independent, many of them leverage skills and practices that allow them to team up effectively with fellow colleagues when client opportunities require teams of professionals. This study tests a categorisation of types of executive coaching supplier that reflects the different configurations in which professionals organise themselves, such as being employed by a consulting firm, running a training institution or working independently with or without a network of colleagues. The study also discusses the emergence of professional communities for executive coaches, and the particular challenges which come with being a multi-disciplinary field drawing on the work of more established professions.
The study found that as organisations learn more about executive coaching they are developing their own practices and processes for working with coaches, which cover aspects such as coach and coachee selection, matching of coaches to coachees, measuring effectiveness of coaching engagements and partnering with third-party service providers.
Finally, given the exploratory nature of this study, it concludes with a range of recommendations for future research and ongoing professional practice.
Hilb, Martin (Prof. Dr.)
Walter-Busch, Emil (Prof. Dr.)
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