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A five-dimensional model of attributes: some precursors of executive coach selection

Gray, D. E., Ekinci, Y. and Goregaokar, H. (2011) A five-dimensional model of attributes: some precursors of executive coach selection. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 19 (4). pp. 415-428. ISSN 1468-2389

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2389.2011.00569.x


The purpose of this study was to specify a set of attributes, identified as important precursors to coach selection. Executive coaching has grown exponentially, but there have been few studies as to the efficacy of coaching, including the factors that influence a manager's choice of coach. This study sought to identify these factors. The 45-item, online survey produced 267 useable responses. Results of the principal component analysis suggested a five-factor solution, with women showing a statistically significant preference over men for coaches who have the Ability to Develop Critical Thinking and Action, the Ability to Forge the Coaching Partnership and Coach Experience and Qualifications. The impact of coachee age was not significant in selecting executive coaches. The findings show a statistically significant relationship between coach attributes and the intention to continue with coaching. The implications of these findings for the selection of coaches, and for the coaching profession are discussed.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Marketing and Reputation
ID Code:47575

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