Executive coaching : investigating effects of leader-empowering behaviours and psychological empowerment

Allan, David John (2011) Executive coaching : investigating effects of leader-empowering behaviours and psychological empowerment. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


Executive coaching is a rapidly expanding approach to leadership development which has grown at a rate that warrants extensive examination of its effects (Wasylyshyn, 2003). This thesis has therefore examined both behavioural and psychological effects based on a nine month executive coaching intervention within a large not-for-profit organisation. The intervention was a part of a larger ongoing integrated organisational strategy to create an organisational coaching culture. In order to examine the effectiveness of the nine month executive coaching intervention two studies were conducted. A quantitative study used a pre and post questionnaire to examine leaders and their team members‘ responses before and after the coaching intervention. The research examined leader-empowering behaviours, psychological empowerment, job satisfaction and affective commitment. Significant results were demonstrated from leaders‘ self-reports on leader-empowering behaviours and their team members‘ self-reports revealed a significant flow on effect of psychological empowerment. The second part of the investigation involved a qualitative study which explored the developmental nature of psychological empowerment through executive coaching. The examination dissected psychological empowerment into its widely accepted four facets of meaning, impact, competency and self-determination and investigated, through semi-structured interviews, leaders‘ perspectives of the effect of executive coaching upon them (Spreitzer, 1992). It was discovered that a number of the common practices within executive coaching, including goal-setting, accountability and action-reflection, contributed to the production of outcomes that developed higher levels of psychological empowerment. Careful attention was also given to organisational context and its influence upon the outcomes.

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ID Code: 45451
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Finn, Francoise & Bradley, Lisa
Keywords: executive coaching, psychological empowerment, leader-empowering behaviours, job satisfaction, organisational commitment, affective commitment, coaching process, coaching relationship, leadership development, team members, context, flow on effect, organisational integration, coaching culture
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 25 Aug 2011 02:26
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2011 02:26

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