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(Coach) refers to a particular kind of carriage. Hence, the root meaning of the verb to coach is to convey a valued person from where one was to where one wants to be a solid meaning for coaching executives today! (Witherspoon & White, 1996, p. 124). Kilburg (1996) found that as consultants began gaining access to organizational leaders and providing consultative services marked the beginning of the practice of executive coaching. Tobias (1996) stated that the term executive coach gained prominence in the business arena in the late 1980s. In his integrative review of executive coaching practice, Joo (2005) offered the various definitions of executive coaching found in the literature (p. 467). Sherman and
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39 Freas (2004) found that most executive coaching stems from a number of disciplines, “including consulting, management, organization development, and psychology” (p. 85). Definition and Standards The field of executive coaching is relatively new. To date, there is no singular model upon which researchers and practitioners agree. The practice of executive coaching has far outpaced the differing theoretical offerings. Many different definitions have emerged as a result. Certain organizations, such as the International Coach Federation (ICF) have sprung up and have attempted to bring credibility and professionalism to the field. ICF is a global, nonprofit organization comprised of business and professional coaches; it has attempted to provide a professional code of standards, in addition to an accreditation process (). Table 5 illustrates a historical perspective of how practitioners have attempted to define executive coaching through the years (Joo, 2005, p.467).
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40 Table 5: Definitions and Purposes of Executive Coaching Author(s) Year Definition and Purpose Kilburg 1996 Executive coaching is 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 to 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 client’s organization within a formally defined coaching agreement (p. 142). Peterson 1996 Coaching is the process of equipping people with the tools, knowledge and opportunities they need to develop themselves and become more effective (p. 78). Hall, Otazo, and Hollenbeck 1999 Coaching is meant to be a practical, goal-focused form of personal one-on-one learning for busy executives and may be used to improve performance of executive behavior , enhancing a career or prevent derailment, and work through organizational issues or change initiatives (p. 40), Kampa-Kokesch and Anderson 2001 Coaching is a form of systematic feedback intervention aimed at enhancing professional skills, interpersonal awareness, and personal effectiveness, McCauley and Hezlett 2001 Executive coaching involves a series of one-on-one interactions between a manager or executive and an
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