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2nd Edition

The Psychology of Executive Coaching
Theory and Application

ISBN 9780415993418
Published September 28, 2009 by Routledge
480 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

With the first edition of this text, Peltier drew on his extensive experience in both the clinical and business worlds to create a comprehensive resource that brought psychological and coaching concepts together.  It quickly became a practical and invaluable guide for both mental health practitioners looking to expand their practice into coaching and business professionals interested in improving their own coaching skills. 

In this updated edition, topics reflect the latest developments in the field of executive coaching.  Peltier describes several important psychological theories and how to effectively translate them into coaching strategies; essential business lessons in leadership, marketing, and the corporate viewpoint along with vocabulary for the therapist; the challenges women face as managers and executives and effective coaching methods for working with them; and lessons from successful athletic coaches that can be integrated into consulting skills.  This edition includes four new chapters, one describing psychopathology likely to be encountered by coaches.  Another describes and evaluates emotional intelligence, a third summarizes adult developmental theory for coaches, and a fourth sorts out the popular and scientific literature on leadership and leader development.

Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction. Assessment. Developmental Psychology and Adult Development. The Psychodynamic View. Behavioral Concepts. The Person-centered Approach. Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Therapy. Family Therapy and Systems Thinking. The Existential Stance. Social Psychology and Coaching. Hypnotic Communication. Emotional Intelligence. Lessons from Athletic Coaches. Coaching Women. Psychopathology. Leadership. Workers, Managers, and Leaders. Ethics in Coaching. Making the Transition. Index.

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Bruce Peltier, Ph.D., MBA, is Professor of Psychology and Ethics at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, and a Management Consultant / Executive Coach based in San Francisco, California.  Dr. Peltier also maintains a private practice as a psychologist in the Bay Area.


This is a rich, comprehensive book for executives as well as their coaches.  I strongly recommend this text for any executive interested in understanding and enhancing innovation in a good or bad economy. - William H. Roedy, Chairman and Chief Executive, MTV Networks International

This new edition provides the conceptual basis for effective coaching and consulting.  The first edition became a classic.  This one is even better, with four new chapters, plus outcome data from recent research on the effectiveness of coaching methods as perceived by executives and managers.  A must read. - Wilbert (Skeeter) McClure, PhD, Organizational Consultant; Olympic Gold Medalist, Boxing, Rome (1960)

For those responsible for coaching industry executives, this is a valuable work that provides not only insight into the leader, but practical wisdom when guiding that leader. - Thomas W. Rabaut, Retired President and CEO, United Defense Industries, Inc.