Executive Coaching

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Core Competencies for Effective Executive Coaching
Michael R. Green
Saint Mary 's University of Minnesota
Schools of Graduate & Professional Programs
Cluster III
OL633 Economic and Political Contexts
Semester: Summer 2010
Gerald H. Ellis (Jerry), Ed. D.
July 7, 2010

Introduction and Purpose The purpose of this paper is to analyze the field of Executive Coaching to understand the important competencies required for coaching. More specifically, with numerous coaching models, unlimited coaching approaches, and an ever increasing body of analysis and lessons learned, the key question this paper will answer is: what are the most effective core competencies required to be an effective Executive Coach. This paper will be the
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Key Concepts and Main Inferences

The importance of developing good leaders in today’s global economy is one of the most important factors for any corporation whether they are a non-profit or for-profit endeavor. Study after study has shown that solid leaders are a critical necessity to not only be able to compete globally, but to build companies that can be sustained. According to Kouzes and Posner (2007) leaders not only need to put numbers on the board (profits) they must have a focus on the longer-term development of people and institutions in order to prepare for change, adapt to market conditions, and prosper and grow. Additionally, they go on to describe five key practices of exemplary leadership as: modeling the way, inspiring a shared vision, challenging the process, enabling others to act, and encouraging from the heart.

Traditionally, many leaders have been focused on only the bottom line, and had little time to encourage from the heart, or act empathically. As Collins (2001) study on what makes good companies great, it came down to the abilities of the leaders (referred to as level 5 leaders) to be empathic to their employee’s needs, help their employee’s learn and grow, and provide challenging work without micromanagement so employee’s can take full responsibility for their performance. This is all in a framework of personal humility that focuses on the company profits and employee
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