Executive Coaching: A Working Definition

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Abstract

Executive coaching (EC) has grown significantly in the past decade as an important organizational consulting intervention. This article proposes a working definition for EC that specifies its process and methods, differentiates it from other forms of coaching, and suggests a set of perspectives, principles, and approaches needed to guide its professional practice. It also puts forth a set of core competencies for professional executive coaches. Implications are also explored for how to select a coach, how to prepare for an EC practice, and how to understand why certain EC interventions are more effective than others.

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