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Welcome to my talk. Hello, I'm Konstantin Korotov, and I'm Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Leadership Development Research at ESMT, European School of Management and Technology in Berlin, Germany. I'm going to talk today about the use of coaching in leadership development.
What is coaching? Before we talk about using coaching in leadership development, it would be helpful to define what coaching, in general, is. And I'm using here a definition from Richard Kilburg, who says, that coaching is "a helping relationship formed between a client who has managerial authority and responsibility in an organization, and a consultant, who uses a variety of behavioral techniques and methods to assist the client to achieve a mutually identified set of goals, to improve his or her professional performance and personal satisfaction, and subsequently, to improve the effectiveness of the client's organization within a formally defined coaching agreement." In a nutshell, coaching is about a discussion, a meaningful discussion between a trained professional and a manager who is trying to do his or her job better.