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Developing Leaders by Executive CoachingPractice and Evidence$
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Andromachi Athanasopoulou and Sue Dopson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199681952

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681952.001.0001

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What Is Coaching and Executive Coaching?

What Is Coaching and Executive Coaching?

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(p.7) 1 What Is Coaching and Executive Coaching?
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Developing Leaders by Executive Coaching
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Andromachi Athanasopoulou

Sue Dopson

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681952.003.0002

Chapter 1 starts with a historical overview of the origins of coaching, and particularly executive coaching, from the birth of the term ‘coach’ to the most recent developments, which saw executive coaching become an important leadership development practice. Then a discussion of the various definitions of executive coaching is provided, including what is not executive coaching. As part of that discussion, other coaching applications—as identified in the literature—are presented and briefly described. Chapter 1 also presents what a typical executive coaching intervention consists of, including how the initiation of executive coaching happens, what the background of executive coaches is, who the typical coaches are and what the purposes, objectives and overall effects, and potential benefits from an executive coaching intervention are.

Keywords:   coaching, executive coaching, definitions, practice, background of coaches, coachees, objectives, benefits

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