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Choosing an executive coach: The influence of gender on the coach-coachee matching process

Choosing an executive coach: The influence of gender on the coach-coachee matching process

Gray, David E. and Goregaokar, Harshita (2010) Choosing an executive coach: The influence of gender on the coach-coachee matching process. Management Learning, 41 (5). pp. 525-544. ISSN 1350-5076 (Print), 1461-7307 (Online) (doi:10.1177/1350507610371608)

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Abstract

Coaching has enjoyed substantial commercial growth, but empirical support for its effectiveness is limited. Nowhere is this more so than in the matching process between coach and coachee. This study describes the results from a coaching programme in which coachees were asked to reflect on and justify their choice of coach. Initial, qualitative results suggested that female coachees favoured the choice of female coaches, partly as a role model of business success. Male coachees tended to justify the selection of a female coach as more approachable for the discussion of sensitive, personal issues. A minority of male respondents also displayed sexist attitudes in their comments on the selection process. Subsequent quantitative analysis of the data, however, revealed no bias towards the choice of either female or male coaches. While the results show no statistical significance in gender choices, for a minority of coachees, gender is a rather surprising factor in the selection process.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] First published online: 9 July 2010. [2] Published in print: November 2010. [3] Published as: Management Learning, (2010), Vol. 41, (5), pp. 525-544.
Uncontrolled Keywords: coach selection, executive coaching, gender, matching, mentoring, sexism, small and medium-sized enterprises, SMEs
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Work & Employment Research Unit
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:23
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/9287

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