Coaching: an effective leadership intervention

Nurs Clin North Am. 2010 Mar;45(1):39-48. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2009.11.001.


Organizations are transitioning from a management industrial era to a humanistic era. This transition will require a different set of leadership competencies. Competencies that reflect relationships, connections with employees, and having the skill to unleash the human capability at all levels of an organization are essential. Similar to when a sports team needs a different play book to be successful, leaders need a new play book. Coaches within the sports team are the ones who assist players in learning how to adapt to a different set of rules. They teach the players how to show up differently and how to implement different plays, with the overall goal of being a successful team. New competencies are being required to reflect a humanistic approach to leadership. It is critical that organizations offer coaching as an intervention to all levels of leadership. This actual case study demonstrates that coaching not only assisted leaders in learning a new way of leading but also improved overall organizational effectiveness. The results that have been accomplished through the use of implementing a 360-degree feedback system, with coaching, reaped overall organization improvement.

MeSH terms

  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Diffusion of Innovation
  • Humans
  • Inservice Training / organization & administration*
  • Institutional Management Teams / organization & administration*
  • Leadership*
  • Mentors*
  • Nurse Administrators / education
  • Nurse Administrators / organization & administration*
  • Nursing Administration Research
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / organization & administration
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • Staff Development / organization & administration*
  • United States