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Leadership behaviors and values for effective leadership : what is the measurable effect of coaching on the behaviors demonstrated by leaders during weekly staff meetings?

Westerbrink, M. (2011) Leadership behaviors and values for effective leadership : what is the measurable effect of coaching on the behaviors demonstrated by leaders during weekly staff meetings?

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Abstract:This study aims to explore the measurable effects of coaching on leadership behaviors , through the use of video observations in a pre- and post-coaching session. This study first addresses the underlying theories of leadership, coaching and scientific video observation studies, after which I report on the empirical field research on three leaders in a private sector organization, undergoing a coaching intervention. This study is of an exploratory nature, providing solid support for scholars to further explore the effects of leadership coaching interventions, including its perceived effectiveness and performance effects. Results of studying coaching literature revealed that only a coaching intervention is less effective in achieving (sustainable) personal and behavioral change. The best combination of tools for achieving sustainable change is a mix of “360° feedback” surveys, coaching sessions and follow-up (sessions) with stakeholders (Tach 2002). When combining the results from literature with the results from the conducted field study, we can conclude that one coaching session has a moderate effect on the identified leadership behaviors, leading to improvements or changes in behavior of leaders and therewith resulting in more effective leadership. Already after one coaching session, results of the effects of coaching are noticeable in the meetings, although these results were not reflected yet in significantly changed behaviors. After the coaching intervention there was a heightened sense of self-awareness. This result is a solid basis for subsequent coaching video-taped and analyzed leadership behaviors. While we may assume significant behavioral improvements to have taken place. Keywords: Filming leader behavior; transformational leadership; executive coaching; coaching intervention; leadership effectiveness; effects of coaching.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/62798
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