New research* from the University of Amsterdam published in August this year has thrown new light on the effectiveness of executive coaching in organisations based upon an extensive meta-analysis of existing research from a wide variety of published studies. The study looked from both a theoretical and a practical perspective at five outcome categories:
• Work attitudes
• Goal directed ‘self regulation’
The results show that coaching has significant positive effects on all outcomes; the researchers conclude that executive coaching is “an effective intervention in organisations”.
As experienced coaching practitioners we always measure and review coaching outcomes and are confident as to the effectiveness of our work. As evidence-based coaches we love to see that view validated by good research. If you need to provide evidence to justify the use of coaching in your organisation this study would be worth a look.
*For the full study see Does Coaching Work? A meta-analysis on the effects of coaching on individual level outcomes in an organisational context, The Journal of Positive Psychology (2013, Taylor & Francis) –– University of Amsterdam