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Volume 19 Issue 4 (December 2011), Pages 331-441

A Five‐dimensional Model of Attributes: Some precursors of executive coach selection (pages 415-428)

The purpose of this study was to specify a set of attributes, identified as important precursors to coach selection. Executive coaching has grown exponentially, but there have been few studies as to the efficacy of coaching, including the factors that influence a manager's choice of coach. This study sought to identify these factors. The 45‐item, online survey produced 267 useable responses. Results of the principal component analysis suggested a five‐factor solution, with women showing a statistically significant preference over men for coaches who have the Ability toDevelopCriticalThinking andAction, the Ability toForge theCoachingPartnership and CoachExperience andQualifications. The impact of coachee age was not significant in selecting executive coaches. The findings show a statistically significant relationship between coach attributes and the intention to continue with coaching. The implications of these findings for the selection of coaches, and for the coaching profession are discussed.

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