Cognitive Behavioral Executive Coaching

Research in Organizational Change and Development

ISBN: 978-1-78190-890-7, eISBN: 978-1-78190-891-4

ISSN: 0897-3016

Publication date: 1 July 2013


Traditional clinical psychological practices have often been adapted for the context of executive coaching. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in particular is the most scientifically supported psychological modality. CBT like other practices has been used in coaching as cognitive behavioral coaching but rarely discussed more explicitly for the executive population. Here, we offer a specific adaptation – cognitive behavioral executive coaching (CBEC) – and suggest that it presents a flexible structure that can meet the multiple agendas that are framed for executive coaching. Additionally, the core features of CBT and CBEC in particular satisfy the major needs of executives in coaching arrangements. We conclude by demonstrating a CBEC process model for coaching the high-performing executive.


Good, D., Yeganeh, B. and Yeganeh, R. (2013), "Cognitive Behavioral Executive Coaching", Research in Organizational Change and Development (Research in Organizational Change and Development, Vol. 21), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 175-200.

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