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The Authentic Leadership Qualities of Business Coaches and its Impact on Coaching Performance

A Gatling International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring 2014

This study determines the extent to which business coaches perceive they possess the qualities of authentic leadership and considers how this affects coaching performance. Data were collected from an online survey administered to 96 business coaches who work with entrepreneurs and business owners to improve personal and business effectiveness. Multiple regression research methodology was used to test the strength of authentic leadership in predicting coaching. Descriptive statistics were used to control for demographic factors and dependent variables. Findings suggest that effective coaching involves the application of authentic leadership qualities that enhance the work performance, life experience, selfdirected learning, and personal growth of clients. This research contributes to the existing literature on authentic leadership, provides new research on the relationship between authentic leadership and business coaching, and demonstrates how a business coach’s authentic leadership impacts the client’s personal and business goals.

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