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1st Edition

The Coaching Relationship
Putting People First

ISBN 9780415458740
Published January 28, 2010 by Routledge
264 Pages

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Book Description

The Coaching Relationship discusses how we can integrate process perspectives such as the quality of the coach-coachee relationship, and professional perspectives including the influences of training and supervision, for more effective outcomes.

Stephen Palmer and Almuth McDowall bring together experts from the field of coaching to discuss different aspects of the coach-coachee relationship, topics covered include:

  • the interpersonal perspective
  • the role of assessment
  • ethical issues
  • cultural influences
  • issues of power.

The book also includes a chapter on the interpersonal relationship in the training and supervision of coaches to provide a complete overview of how the coaching relationship can contribute to successful coaching

Illustrated throughout with case studies and client dialogue, The Coaching Relationship is essential reading for practicing coaches and coaching psychologists wishing to learn more about the interpersonal aspects of coaching.

Table of Contents

Palmer, McDowall, Preface. Palmer, McDowall, The Coaching Relationship: Putting People First - An Introduction. O’Broin, Palmer, Introducing an Interpersonal Perspective on the Coaching Relationship. O’Broin, Palmer, Building on an Interpersonal Perspective on the Coaching Relationship. McDowall, Milward, Feeding Back, Feeding Forward and Setting Goals. Smewing, McDowall, Assessment in Coaching. Oliver Reflexive Coaching: Linking Meaning and Action in the Leadership System. Daouk-Öyry, Rosinski Coaching Across Cultures. Welman, Bachkirova, The Issue of Power in the Coaching Relationship. Cox, Last Things First: Ending Well in the Coaching Relationship. Law, Coaching Relationships and Ethical Practice. Hawkins, Schwenk, The Interpersonal Relationship in the Training and Supervision of Coaches. Palmer, McDowall, Final Reflections.

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Stephen Palmer is Honorary Professor of Psychology at City University and Director of its Coaching Psychology Unit. He is Founder Director of the Centre for Coaching, London.

Almuth McDowall is Lecturer in Psychology at Surrey University and an independent practitioner for both the private and public sector.


This is a must read for anybody in the field, and anybody interested in caring relationships more generally…you won’t be disappointed." - Cary L. Cooper, From the Foreword

"There is something here for every taste... and comprehensive reading lists will satisfy the academically inclined while reflective practice questions at the end of each chapter will give the more pragmatic member of the profession much food for thought."  - Philippa Hain, Assessment Matters

"I found this book to be a valuable guide to the coaching relationship. Throughout the text, I appreciated the reflexive questions at the end of each chapter, which encouraged the reader to apply the theory of the text to their own coaching practice. I believe that there is much to be gained here for both novice and more experienced coaching psychologists alike." - Dr Jennifer Nash, The Coaching Psychologist, Volume 6, Issue 1, June 2010