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Rational coaching with perfectionistic leaders to overcome avoidance of leadership responsibilities

Victoria Ellam-Dyson & Stephen Palmer

Coaches and coaching psychologists may work with executive leaders who have issues with decision making, procrastination, stress, and feeling overworked. They may be avoiding making those important decisions, putting off tasks until deadlines are looming, not delegating work to lighten their workload, or continuing with tasks that make them feel confident and successful but are no longer their remit. It is possible that these behaviours are caused by perfectionism. This paper describes perfectionism, discusses the links between perfectionism and performance interfering behaviours, and outlines how perfectionistic beliefs can be adapted in coaching to be less rigid in order to improve performance.

Keywords: Perfectionism; Leadership Style; Procrastination; Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy; Rational Coaching.

Full article: Volume 6, Issue 2 pages 81 - 87


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