Executive coaching yields more than self-reported claims of personal growth, according to an Academy of Management Learning & Education article. The process can make leaders’ personality traits more effective in the eyes of their line managers.

Researchers studied the effects of executive coaching on 89 female executives at a large, global health care firm. The executives participated in 12 coaching sessions over 14 months. As part of the process, the executives’ line managers attended three formal meetings with the coach and the person being coached.

The results can help business leaders feel confident that executive coaching brings value to organizations, and the benefits of coaching can extend well beyond the executive, said researcher Sally Bonneywell, founder and CEO of Bonneywell Development Ltd.

The results are applicable to male executives and other kinds of organizations, according to Bonneywell and her the coauthors.

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