Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A phenomenological study exploring executive coaching: Understanding perceptions of self-awareness and leadership behavior changes
by Kress, Dionne M., D.M., University of Phoenix, 2008, 199; 3324089
Abstract (Summary)

This hermeneutic phenomenological study explored how executive leaders experienced executive coaching programs and how interpretations of self-awareness contributed to the leadership abilities of leaders within organizations across the United States. Twenty participants were selected using criterion and snowball sampling and engaged in-depth interviews. Each interview was transcribed and data was analyzed using NVivo7 software. Four themes emerged. The themes centered on executive coaching experiences, meaning of self-awareness, changed leadership behaviors, and opinions about coaching; leading to the essence of the experience of the phenomenon. The implication for leadership was executive coaching experiences change perceived levels of self-awareness contributing to leadership behavior changes. Selected recommendations include quantitative study with a different population and a longitudinal study measuring sustainability of change.

Indexing (document details)
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 69/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Business education, Business and Secretarial Schools
Keywords: Behavior changes, Coaching, Executive coaching, Leadership, Leadership development, Organizational leadership, Self-awareness
Publication Number: 3324089
ISBN: 978-0-549-76610-0
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