Leaders’ perceptions after a coaching intervention as part of their development journey
Thesis (MPhil)--Stellenbosch University, 2015.
ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to gain insights into leaders’ perceptions of their coaching experiences. The study aimed to capture personal experiences after a coaching intervention and to reveal the individual’s views on such experiences. It furthermore aimed to provide insights on the change effect of coaching conversations. This purpose was supported by the following research objectives: - Objective 1: To identify which aspects of the coaching intervention had the desired impact for the coachee; - Objectives 2: To establish the aspect of the coaching process which supported the goals of the initial development journey of the participant; - Objective 3: To identify what other aspects the coachee became aware of during his/her journey of development; and - Objective 4: To establish what constituted a positive coaching experience. The research was based on a phenomenological and interpretive approach and included a sample of twelve individuals who had recently completed a coaching intervention, either in their personal capacity or as part of an organisational change intervention. All participants completed a semi-structured interview schedule which was utilised as the primary data source. The researcher developed themes and categories of data for analysis and interpretation and tested the research objectives against the data collected, as well as against literature reviewed. To create a unique experience for individual coaching participants, coachees, coaches and organisations are required to partner with each other as these are the key coaching elements outlined within the context of the coaching intervention. Motivation and perception may play a part in the creation of the coaching experience and probably influence the participants. The key coaching elements are three core relationships and are described in more detail herein. The researcher developed a coaching engagement model which is presented, discussed and adapted through the data feedback received.