Definition of Coaching

"Executive Coaching is a facilitative one-to-one, mutually designed relationship between a professional coach and a key contributor who has a powerful position in the organization. This relationship occurs in areas of business, government, not-for-profit, and educational organizations where there are multiple stakeholders and organizational sponsorship for the coach or coaching group. The coaching is contracted for the benefit of a client who is accountable for highly complex decisions with wide scope of impact on the organization and industry as a whole. The focus of the coaching is usually focused on organizational performance or development, but may also have a personal component as well. The results produced from this relationship are observable and measurable, commensurate with the requirements the organization has for the performance of the person being coached."

-Executive Coaching definition, agreed to by the 36 participants of the International Executive Coaching Summit, October 1999, Orlando, FL.

Quick Points of the Definition

  · A relationship exists between Coach and high-level individual(s) of the organization.
  · The relationship occurs in and is sponsored by differing kinds of organizations with multiple stakeholders.
  · Coaching is for the benefit of a person with high levels of responsibility and broad scope of impact.
  · Focus of the coaching may be both organizational and personal development.
  · Outcomes are observable and measurable, and match organizational performance requirements.

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