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‘Saying yes when you need to and no when you need to’: an interpretative phenomenological analysis on coaches’ well-being

McEwen, D. and Rowson, T. ORCID: (2023) ‘Saying yes when you need to and no when you need to’: an interpretative phenomenological analysis on coaches’ well-being. Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research & Practice, 16 (1). pp. 59-71. ISSN 1752-1890

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/17521882.2022.2030380


How coaches both experience and lead their own wellbeing has an important role to play in coaching, however coaches individual wellbeing has gained less attention in training, discourse, or research to date. This paper intends to amend this deficit and provides an understanding and conceptual model of the dynamics in a coach’s individual wellbeing at work. Semi-structured interviews were carried out with 18 coaches and the findings illustrate that Coaches wellbeing is not a static state. There are job demands of coaching that can impact a coach’s wellbeing and there is a need for coaches to balance their resources with a high level of agility. There are also deeper underlying dynamics to a coach’s wellbeing, that are interrelated with each other; energy currents, self-regulation, and levels of wellbeing. The way in which coaches optimise their resources and energy, and active management of self will help or hinder a coach’s wellbeing at work, which may be more difficult for novice coaches.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
ID Code:102333
Publisher:Taylor & Francis and Routledge


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