The influence of transformative coaching on managerial behaviour, leadership style, individual and team engagement

Taylor, Michael (2011-12)

Thesis (MPhil) -- Stellenbosch University, 2011.


This research study not only links three important business concepts, namely, leadership development, employee engagement and executive coaching, but is also an important body of research that contributes in a meaningful way to the debate around the role of executive coaching and its impact on leadership effectiveness. It outlines a transformative framework for executive coaching that shows a significant shift in managerial behaviour. This behaviour shift acts as a catalyst for the enhancement of key dimensions of employee engagement. This is an important finding, as the field of professional coaching is undergoing much scrutiny in terms of its return on effectiveness and its ability to accelerate the development of high-potential talent. The reseach findings in this report further serve to reinforce the importance of aligning leadership development, and specifically executive coaching practices, with organisational strategies. The global financial crisis has highlighted the need for organisations to adopt prudent leadership development strategies. The intelligent integration of transformative coaching into talent management practices such as retention, promotion, deployment and development of high-potential leadership, will create the necessary impetus for building sustainble leadership capacity and provide an outstanding return on investment for organisations wherever they might be in their maturity cycle.

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