The book deals with how coaching interventions can drive a journey of transformational change at individual, team and organizational levels. As a result, coaching interventions serve to create more reflective people, who in turn, create better organizations. The group coaching methodology, as used by the IGLC and adopted by the Center for Leadership Development Research at ESMT, is the basis for developing the theoretical assumptions of the chapters. Through sharing the research methodologies, and describing intervention and change techniques used in leadership development and education of executive coaches, the book sheds light on how the “magic” of coaching works, what coaches actually do, and how their clients respond.
This book is a joint project between the INSEAD Global Leadership Centre (IGLC), INSEAD and the Center for Leadership Development Research (CLDR) at the European School of Technology and Management (ESMT), Berlin. In compiling this book we have involved academics who conduct research, teach and consult; leadership development coaches; change consultants; and executives who adopted IGLC methods for reflection on leadership development opportunities and challenges. We have also included people who have experienced IGLC methods in the process of their developmental journeys; they have collaborated, consulted their research and practice notes, analyzed data from inquiry projects, and shared their personal experiences in individual essays.