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Coaching for Leadership: The Practice of Leadership Coaching from the World's Greatest Coaches 2nd Edition

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Coaching for Leadership

"This is a significant addition to the authors' earlier works, and comes at a most timely point in the continuing evolution of corporate leadership. The complexities of today's business challenges are prompting leaders at all levels to seek out professional coaching support, and this book does a great job in exploring the options, insights, and practices."
—Jon R. Katzenbach, founding partner, Katzenbach Partners LLC, and author, Why Pride Matters

When it was published in 2000, Coaching for Leadership became an instant classic in the field of executive coaching. This second edition updates and expands on the original book and brings together the best executive coaches who offer a basic understanding of how coaching works, why it works, and how leaders can make the best use of the coaching process. This thoroughly revised edition reflects recent changes in coaching practices, includes well-researched best practices, and provides additional guidance and tools from the greatest leadership coaches from around the world. Each chapter in this important volume addresses a proven application, offers key principles of practice, and highlights critical learning points.

A timely book, Coaching for Leadership covers important new concepts and Shows when coaching is necessary and when it is needed most

  • Explains how different coaching styles embrace various practices
  • Shows how coaching applies to different situations
  • Describes how to engage human resource professionals in the process
  • Demonstrates how to manage leadership coaching programs
  • Illustrates how to make leadership coaching align with key OD values, such as dignity and collaboration
  • Shows how to negotiate the return on investment conversation between human resources and finance
  • Details how to make process consultation work in leadership coaching.

The second edition of Coaching for Leadership is a practical resource that is filled with best practices, sample scenarios, case studies, and hands-on tools.

From the Back Cover

Praise for Coaching for Leadership

"This book is the single best collection of first-rate articles on executive coaching. It covers every base from leading change to strategy and should be on the bookshelf of every student and practitioner of leadership and organizational development."
—Warren Bennis, University Professor and Distinguished Professor of business, University of Southern California,and author, On Becoming a Leader, and coauthor, Geeks and Geezers

"What a resource! In Coaching for Leadership, the world's best coaches come together to present an advanced tutorial on the art of coaching. Anyone interested in becoming an executive coach, either as an individual practice or within his or her organization, must immediately buy and read this essential hands-on guide."
—Sally Helgesen, author, The Female Advantage and The Web of Inclusion

"This exceptional book is a must read for individuals at all levels of the organization. Coaches, HR managers, and executives hoping to become coaches will benefit greatly from the concepts, practices, and techniques brought to light in Coaching for Leadership."
—Vijay Govindarajan, Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business, and director, Center for Global Leadership

"This book is very important and valuable reading for executives who are reaching retirement and moving into another important area of contribution: coaching others to become effective executives. It is no less significant for corporate HR executives who are increasingly called upon to manage coaching interventions on behalf of their companies' leaders."
—D. Quinn Mills, professor, Harvard Business School

"Coaching is a critical business skill in today's fast-changing world. Coaching for Leadership pulls together insightful contributions from several renowned coaches. This book is a must read for leaders and future leaders."
—Dr. Homa Bahrami, senior lecturer, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pfeiffer; 2nd edition (October 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787977632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787977634
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,228,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Cheney on August 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Perhaps these are the world's greatest executive coaches, but I struggle with the suspicion that they are, more precisely, friends and associates of the editors. All but one or two of the contributors are Americans, so that I'm reminded of John Cleese's comment, when asked to compare Britons and Americans, that "when we Brits have a World Championship, we invite teams from other countries." Perhaps there are no excellent executive coaches from outside the United States. More likely, "world's greatest" was the publisher's idea.

But marketing hyperbole aside, this is a nice volume on an important and potentially lucrative topic. Executive coaching is definitely hot in the corporate world; a recent Harvard Business Review article (Sherman & Freas, 2004) puts estimated annual spending on executive coaching in the U.S. alone at $1 billion. Those who perform executive coaching include consultants and practitioners of various educational backgrounds, retired executives looking to share their career experience, a bevy of corporate training professionals looking to expand their talents past the classroom, and an assortment of others. It is my "unbiased" opinion that psychologists make the most effective executive coaches. Few non-psychologists have training in human dynamics, personality, learning, motivation, group cohesion, assessment, counseling skills, and other proficiencies necessary to fully effect insight and behavior change in organizational leaders. In another excellent HBR article, Berglas (2002), a psychotherapist, warned that untrained executive coaches have the potential for causing a great deal of damage to individuals and their companies by failing to recognize, or blatantly ignoring, personality disorders or even severe psychopathology that may exist in some they coach.
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As it states in the foreword by Beverly L. Kaye this book "is the collective thinking of the very best thought leaders in executive coaching". Beverly is absolutely right. If your in the business as an executive coach you will find the tools of the trade in this book. Marshall Goldsmith is one of the editors of this book, so you know you won't get disappointed. Seasoned coaches will be able to learn about subjects like E-coaching, coaching and culture and situational leadership to name a few. But also the novices in executive coaching will learn a lot from the experts. Not only about being a top coach but also tips and tricks on how to set up a thriving practice. The book also addresses the transition from line manager to executive coach which I haven't read before. I can highly recommend this book to both seasoned and fresh executives coaches and those who are thinking about becoming one. Good reading!
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This is the Second Edition of an anthology first published in 2000. Marshall Goldsmith and Laurence Lyons selected, organized, and contributed to the material that is divided into four Parts: Foundations of Coaching (Chapters 1-4, Pages 3-42), Building Blocks (Chapters 5-10, Paged 45-82), Leading Change (Chapters 11-18, Pages 87-159), and Applications (Chapters 19-26, Pages 163-243). As Goldsmith and Lyons explain in the Preface, this edition "expounds a well-accepted practice, not a rapidly emerging bright idea. This book contains fourteen brand new chapters; another ten chapters have been significantly revised. We include new detailed case studies, which we know are highly valued by our leaders."

Presumably this book will be of substantial value to those who are preparing to begin a career in leadership coaching or have recently embarked on one. I also think it will be of great value to most C-level executives and other supervisors who are determined to help develop effective leaders at all levels and in all areas of their organization. For at least some people are full-time executive coaches, much of the material in this book will probably serve as a reminder of what they already know. However, there is always room for increased knowledge as well as improved capabilities (especially information retrieval, diagnostic, and communication skills). For other readers who are primarily responsible for the performance of their direct reports, the material in Parts One and Two will probably be of greatest interest and value. In my opinion, most of the material is relevant to leadership development within any organization, regardless of its size or nature.

Here is a representative selection of brief excerpts from three articles.

"Coaching is a sub-set of consultation.
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Coaching for Leadership is a valuable collection of essays from some of the most experienced management educators. The book provides research, methods and application stories from different perspectives on leadership coaching, development and effectiveness. The book has depth and is very useful.
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