of Executive Coaching
is a facilitative one-to-one, mutually designed relationship between a
professional coach and a key contributor who has a powerful position in
The coaching is contracted for the benefit of a
client who is accountable for highly complex decisions with wide scope
of impact on the organization and industry as a whole. The focus of the
coaching is usually focused on organizational performance or development,
but it may also serve a personal component as well.
are four methodological factors that distinguish the coaching of super-keepers
from that of other employees
These factors are: 1) holistic approach,
2) deep behavioral insight, 3) the active involvement of top corporate
executives and 4) sustained relationships with the coach and/or trusted
internal collaborator usually a senior human resource professional).
approach to coaching senior executives is a collaborative and pragmatic
one integrating depth psychology and strategic business priorities:
Executive coaching is defined as a helping relationship formed between a client who has managerial authority and responsibility in an organization and a consultant who uses a wide variety of behavioral techniques and methods to assist the client achieve a mutually identified set of goals to improve his or her professional performance and personal satisfaction and consequently to improve the effectiveness of the clients organization within a formally defined coaching agreement.
Richard R Kilburg in Executive Coaching: Developing Managerial Wisdom in a World of Chaos, pages 65 and 67.
Kilburg can be summarized as having a psychodynamic and a systems perspective.
The essence of executive coaching is helping leaders get unstuck from their dilemmas and assisting them to transfer their learning into results for the organization.
Mary Beth ONeill Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart page 5.
ONeill also writes about how it is vital to be managing your own challenges and helping the client transfer learning. Hers seems to be an Organizational Development perspective.
Coaching is a one-on-one development process formally contracted between a professional coach and a management-level client to increase the clients managerial and/or leadership performance, often using action learning.
Robert J. Lee syllabus for Change At the Executive Level Fall, 2002 Syllabus, Milano Graduate School, New School University.
Lees perspective might be summarized as an organizational consulting approach including action learning.
Action coaching is a process that fosters self-awareness and that results in the motivation to change, as well as the guidance needed if change is to take place in ways that meet organizational needs.
David L. Dotlich and Peter C. Cairo in Action Coaching, page 18.
Dotlich and Cairo
also write about self-awareness linked to business results and an action
plan put in place.
A masterful coach is a vision builder and value shaper who enters into the learning system of a person, business, or social institution with the intent of improving it so as to impact peoples ability to perform.
Robert Hargrove in Masterful Coaching page 17.
Hargrove has also
stated Coaching is intervening in the drift. [And]
not telling people what to do; its giving them a chance to examine
what they are doing in light of their intensions.
Flahertys approach has been described as one of personal construction.
Executive Coaching is aimed at inspiring executive leaders to make behavioral changes which transform themselves and the people around them thereby increasing business results and performance.
Jeremy Robinson, working definition of executive coaching.
Coaching is about providing inspiration. Consulting is about providing information. Information plus inspiration equals performance acceleration.
Jeremy Robinson, motto for email newsletter, Corporate Coach Direct.
Robinsons approach is results-oriented and motivational.