Definitions of Executive Coaching

Executive coaching is an experiential and individualised leader development process that builds a leader’s capability to achieve short- and long-term organisational goals. It is conducted through one-on-one interactions, driven by data from multiple perspectives, and based on mutual trust and respect. The organisation, an executive, and the executive coach work in partnership to achieve maximum impact. – The Executive Coaching Forum 

Coaching is partnering with individuals in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Professional coaches provide an ongoing partnership designed to help clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Coaches help people improve their performance and enhance the quality of their lives. Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customize their approach to individual needs. The coach’s job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has. – International Coaching Federation

We define leadership coaching as a personal development process designed to enhance a leader’s success in achieving his or her professional objectives within the context of an organization’s values and business goals. While coaching focuses on the individual, its successful implementation brings significant benefits to both the individual and the organization. These benefits include retention of valued talent, increases in productivity, development of high-potential performers, greater job satisfaction for the participant, and achievement of organization objectives. – Paul W. Larson & Matthew T. Richburg

Coaching is about developing a person’s skills and knowledge so that their job performance improves, hopefully leading to the achievement of organisational objectives. It targets high performance and improvement at work, although it may also have an impact on an individual’s private life. It usually lasts for a short period and focuses on specific skills and goals. – CIPD

A collaborative, solution focused, result-orientated and systematic process in which the coach facilitates the enhancement of work performance, life experience, self-directed learning and personal growth of the coachee. – Association of Coaching

Professional Coaching is an ongoing professional relationship that helps people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses, and organizations. Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life.  — International Coaching Federation Definition of Coaching

Executive coaching focuses on improving the performance of leaders and managers by skilfully utilising their inherent expertise and knowledge so they find the most effective solutions to their problems. – John Leary-Joyce

The essence of executive coaching is helping leaders get unstuck from their dilemmas and assisting them to transfer their learning into results for the organization. – Mary Beth O’Neill

Executive coaching (one-to-one coaching) is when a person works individually with a coach on their own particular areas of strengths and weaknesses to fulfil their potential. – Sir John Whitmore

Executive coaching is designed to help facilitate professional and personal development to the point of individual growth, improved performance and contentment…Executive coaches work their clients towards specific professional goals. These include career transition, interpersonal and professional communication, performance management, organizational effectiveness, managing career and personal changes, developing executive presence, enhancing strategic thinking, dealing effectively with conflict, and building an effective team within an organization. – Wikipedia

Coaching is a one-on-one development process formally contracted between a professional coach and a management-level client to increase the client’s managerial and/or leadership performance, often using action learning. – Robert J. Lee