9Coaching: A Key Competency for Leadership Development


Madeleine Homan Blanchard and Linda Miller

In companies all over the world, surveys are showing that a leadership shortage is coming soon. Future leaders are needed in all industry sectors and functional areas and at all levels within organizations. The development of new leaders is becoming an important focus for executives and senior managers. More and more, coaching is being recognized as one of the key competencies that effectively develops future leaders.

A 2008 American Management Association study found that coaching is associated with higher performance in organizations, yet it is used by only about half of today’s companies. Coaching continues to gain in popularity, and the field ...

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