While much has been said about the significance of the coaching relationship, less is known about what factors predict and maintain a successful, enduring coaching relationship. Is it likeability, common interests, expert influence, or an ICF certification? If the quality of the coaching relationship is so highly correlated with coaching outcome, the answer to this question should be the leading criteria for selecting an executive coach.
In the first coaching session with a client, it is not uncommon to learn about a leader’s varied attempts to change. These attempts frequently include attending a management course, reading a popular business book, or simply setting goals on paper or in a fancy mobile app.
The central mission of executive coaching is change. It is change, at both the individual and organizational level, that ensures corporate survival and long-term success.