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Enhancing goal self-concordance through coaching
Daniel Burke & P. Alex Linley
Objectives: Research shows that self-concordant goals are more readily pursued, better achieved, and their attainment can lead to increases in well-being. This study assesses whether executive coaching in turn affects self-concordance.
Design: We hypothesised that the heightened awareness produced by coaching leads to changes in selfconcordance (type of motivation) and commitment (a measure of the amount of motivation). A single group design with repeated measures was used.
Method: 26 participants - all senior managers in business - identified three goals and then received a one-to-one coaching session focused on one goal, but received no coaching on the remaining goals.
Results: The hypothesis was supported, with significant changes (increases) in self-concordance and commitment for the coached goal. There were also significant increases in self-concordance and commitment for some of the other non-coached goals.
Conclusion: These results are discussed with reference to the goal attainment and coaching literature, and suggestions made for further research.
Full article: Volume 2, Issue 1 pages 62 - 69