Coaching- what is it REALLY?

It’s that time of year…. early December. The holidays are just around the corner, another year is ending and final examinations are complete!  Whew!

I have spent the last three months conducting an in-depth literature review on my favorite topic- coaching.  My research has revealed some fascinating studies and results.

  1. There is definitely a link between transformational leadership and effective coaching. What the link is and how much more effective transformational leaders are than other leaders is still a topic that needs researching.
  2. There is a connection between the language used and the results of the coaching. Other researchers have scratched the surface with discursive language studies and content analysis- but there is still so much more to be done.
  3. There is a distinct difference between mentoring and coaching.  (And I have been using them interchangeably for years- silly me!)
  4. Coaching is a necessary influencer on an organization’s culture.  How much of an influence?  That still needs to be determined.

While there is a great deal of research to be found on coaching, there is still so much more to be uncovered.  While the attached literature review has an academic overtone to it, I specifically wrote it from a practitioner’s viewpoint so the language is plain and simple. It’s goal is to provide you with definitions of coaching and what makes an effective coach.  I found some of the studies fascinating and I hope you will too.

While this literature review has ended, it is only just a continuation of my journey into the deep connection between leadership behaviors and the effectiveness of coaching.  Come join me on a little bit of my journey!  Contact me if you have any questions!

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