How Does Coaching Actually Help Leaders?

Coaching with leaders and within organizations is often cited as a highly valuable tool for developing people and businesses. The Institute of Coaching cites that over 70% of individuals who receive coaching benefited from improved work performance, relationships and more effective communication skills. They also reported that a huge 86% of companies feel that they recouped the investment they made into coaching plus more on top. Studies show that coaching is effective at reducing procrastination and facilitating goal attainment and there is a growing body of empirical research that supports the findings that business coaching really does facilitate goal achievement. In an interesting new case study published in the International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring researcher Sally Bonneywell explores precisely how coaching supports the development of female leaders in particular, within a global organization.

Bonneywell shines a light on coaching and demystifies what can sometimes seem like mysterious work. The research reveals how one to one coaching and group coaching was experienced by the clients. In this piece, we’ll look at the results of the one to one coaching for leaders and in a follow-up article, we’ll explore the outcome of group coaching for the female leaders.

Bonneywell breaks down the individual changes the coaching clients experienced into two groups:

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