Last time, I summarized Deborah Galuk’s doctoral dissertation research (“Executive Coaching: What is the experience like for executive women?,” University of Minnesota, 2009) about the executive coaching process for women. This time, I want to outline her findings about coaching outcomes. In other words: what’s the upside?
Of course, every woman comes to executive coaching with a unique agenda. The results of executive coaching, according to Galuk’s informants, come in four general areas:
- Interpersonal effectiveness. After coaching, women reported a more authentic voice and more effective interactions.
- Work/life balance. Participants understood that a more balanced allocation of time for personal and professional life required constant focus.
- Working with my boss. Coaching offered women successful strategies for working with their supervisors.
- Gender dynamics. A majority of women addressed issues of how to deal with disrespect, lack of mentorship, and the credibility challenge.
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