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Executive Coaching Style: In Search of a Taxonomy


  • John L. Bennett

    () (McColl School of Business, Queens University of Charlotte)

  • John English


This qualitative, exploratory and descriptive study identifies words, terms, and phrases used by external executive coaches to describe their coaching style, and to develop a model for describing the coaching styles used by executive coaches. The researchers accessed archival records of the self-described coaching styles of study participants and conducted semi-structured interviews with external executive coaches. The results of this study include a definition of coaching styles, six key influences on the development of executive coaching style, and five elements of coaching style. In addition, the researchers identify opportunities for further study.

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  • John L. Bennett & John English, 2011. "Executive Coaching Style: In Search of a Taxonomy," Discussion Paper Series 2011-02, McColl School of Business, Queens University of Charlotte.
  • Handle: RePEc:msb:wpaper:2011-02

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