Is goal attainment more likely when the coach or the client initiates goal and task statements? Can a coach’s transformational and transactional leadership behavior help explain the differences between dyadic and group coaching? What limitations to the ethical codes of conduct do executive coaches face? You can read about these topics and more in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science‘s Special Issue entitled Illuminating the Scholarship of Coaching.
Guest editors Richard E. Boyatzis, Melvin L. Smith and Ellen B. Van Oosten collaborated on the introduction to the issue:
The intellectual integrity of coaching depends on research. However, the popularity of the practice of coaching began to dramatically increase at least 20 years before scholars designed studies to test its efficacy (Van Oosten, 2013). Coaching, like many other forms of helping, is most likely effective (i.e., producing sustained changes in a person’s behavior, attitudes, mental models, dreams of the future, etc.) less than 20% of the time when comparing the few performance statistics to other professions (Boyatzis, 2005; Spencer & Spencer, 1993). This would be consistent with research on impact from other helping professions. Therefore, there is a need for more research to help us determine, among other things, what coaching methods and processes work the best and for whom, which coaches are more effective and with whom, and when is the use of coaching likely to be most effective. To continue the dialogue and to increase the level of rigor of thought and evidence, we issued the call for abstracts and papers for a special issue of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science.
We were delighted in the substantial response to our call for abstracts for this special issue on coaching. We received over 30 abstracts for empirical and conceptual papers from scholars representing a variety of countries spanning North America, Europe, and Asia. The number of deserving papers exceeded the space limits of the special issue, so some of them will appear in future issues of this journal. The collection of articles presented here cover a broad spectrum of topics on coaching and its effects in a variety of contexts.
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