Preliminary Report on Executive Coaching Survey

Every year, Sherpa conducts an executive coaching survey.  The preliminary report is available at the Library of Professional Coaching, and we’ll post the full report soon!

Coaching takes many forms. In this, our seventh annual survey, to refine the information coaches provide us, we made a distinction between executive coaches, those focused on behavior, and business coaches, who concentrate on skills. This new division presents the clearest picture ever of coaching around the world. In years to come, this will allow more precise measurement of trends in both executive and business coaching.
More, more, more. Last, year, most coaches were optimistic about demand for their services. This year, clients are joining in their optimism. Seven out of ten executive coaches and those who hire them say demand is going up. Life and personal coaches are optimistic, eight to two. In early returns, every buyer of coaching services sees demand going up in the next year.

In recent years, managers and executives have been learning coaching skills. The philosophy of coaching is spreading in scope and becoming part of many leadership training programs.
Over one third of respondents already have significant programs in place to teach coaching skills to managers and executives, while another one in five have programs in startup or design mode.
More than one in four have coaching- based programs in place for teams, while an additional one in five have programs in startup or design mode. In our full report, we’ll break this out across company size, type, geographic location or any other way we can, and present any significant findings. In years to come, we’ll stay on top of trends in this area.
Two years ago, the number of people who received coaching as part of routine leadership development constituted a majority for the very first time. This year, the trend continues, as the majority of coaching is designed for improvement rather than correction or transition. Those who receive coaching for a specific problem or to ease a transition stand even, at around twenty percent each.
Download full preliminary report here:

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