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SAGE Handbook of Coaching

by Tatiana Bachkirova, Gordon Spence and David Drake SAGE Publications Ltd
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The SAGE Handbook of Coaching presents a comprehensive, global view of the discipline, identifying the current issues and practices, as well as mapping out where the discipline is going.

The Handbook is organized into six thematic sections:

  • Part One: Positioning Coaching as a Discipline

  • Part Two: Coaching as a Process

  • Part Three: Common Issues in Coaching

  • Part Four: Coaching in Contexts

  • Part Five: Researching Coaching  

  • Part Six: Development of Coaches

It provides the perfect reference point for graduate students, scholars and researchers wishing to familiarize themselves with current research and debate in the academic literature on coaching.


01 Introduction - Tatiana Bachkirova, Gordon Spence & David Drake
02 Developing a knowledge base of coaching: questions to explore - Tatiana Bachkirova
03 The Key Discourses of Coaching - Simon Western
04 Coaching as Evidence-based Practice: The View Through a Multiple-Perspective Model of Coaching Research - Anthony M Grant
05 Coaching and psychotherapy - Trevor Crowe
06 Coaching and Theories of Learning - John L. Bennett and Francine Campone
07 Coaching and adult development - Paul Lawrence
08 Coaching for Leadership Development - Konstantin Korotov
09 Coaching for organisation development - James Pritchard & David Drake
10 Coaching for Social Change - Hany Shoukry
11 The Coaching Relationship - Erik de Haan & Judie Gannon
12 Working with goals in coaching - David Ashley Clutterbuck and Gordon Spence
13 Working with Diversity in Coaching - Sunny Stout-Rostron
14 Physicality in Coaching: Developing an Embodied Perspective - Peter Jackson
15 Working with Emotions in Coaching - Elaine Cox
16 Working with narratives in coaching - David Drake
17 The Use of Feedback for Development in Coaching: Finding the coach's stance - Alison Maxwell
18 Working with values in coaching - Reinhardt Stelter
19 Coaching for Resilience and Well-being - Carmelina Lawton-Smith
20 Working with Strengths in Coaching - Alison Zarecky & Sophie Francis
21 Mindfulness and Coaching: Contemporary labels for timeless practices? - Travis Kemp
22 Coaching for Post-Traumatic Growth: An Appropriate Response to the Devastations of Life? - Gordon B. Spence and Stephen Joseph
23 Coaching for role transitions/career change - Polly Parker
24 Interculturally-Sensitive Coaching - Christian van Nieuwerburgh
25 Cross-cultural Coaching: An Emerging Practice - Geoffrey Abbott
26 Coaching in the HRD Context - Andrea D. Ellinger, Rona S. Beattie and Robert G. Hamlin
27 Group and Team Coaching - Sean O'Connor and Michael Cavanagh
28 Coaching in Education - Christian van Nieuwerburgh and Margaret Barr
29 Coaching in Healthcare - Ruth Wolever, Margaret Ann Moore and Meg Jordan
30 Coaching in Relationships: working with singles, couples and parents - Yossi Ives
31 Researching Outcomes of Coaching - Siegfried Greif
32 Researching the Coaching Process - Adrian Myers
33 Neuroscience in Coaching Research and Practice - Angela M. Passarelli, Ellen B. Van Oosten and Mark A. Eckert
34 The Use of Psychological Assessments in Coaching and Coaching Research - Almuth McDowall
35 Trends in development of coaches (education and training) - David Lane
36 Coaching Supervision: Towards a systemic model - David E. Gray
37 Issues of assessment and accreditation of coaches - Bob Garvey
38 Developing Ethical Capabilities of Coaches - Ioanna Iordanou and Patrick Williams
39 Adapting to working with new technologies - Stella Kanatouri
40 Discipline, profession and industry— how our choices shape our future - Annette Fillery-Travis & Ron Collins

What makes life really interesting is when we go beyond our comfort zone. Coaching has proven to be a highly effective way to make this journey. Anybody interested in understanding what coaching is all about would do well to have a good look at the Sage Handbook of Coaching, edited by Tatiana Bachkirova, Gordon Spence and David Drake. This thorough compilation of the field will help coach and client alike to test the unknown waters of their mind.

Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries

Distinguished Clinical Professor of Leadership Development and Organizational Change, INSEAD


This exciting new Sage Handbook of Coaching provides a wealth of perspectives on the rapidly evolving discipline of coaching and its evidence-base. Well-respected authors explore definitions and boundaries of coaching, contemporary topics such as cross-cultural coaching and group and team coaching as well as challenging questions such as whether coaching can or should be ‘value-free’ and also whether coaching can make a contribution to societal change. This book should be the starting point for anyone undertaking coaching research or seeking an in-depth discussion of current issues in coaching.

Grace McCarthy

Dean, Sydney Business School, Australia


Everyone needs development and some actually want it. Training is cumbersome, expensive and embarrassing and education classes are ineffective. Coaching has surged in popularity to fill this gap. The practice has preceded the research and scholarship. But famous and well respected scholars Tatiana Bachkirova, Gordon Spence and David Drake have compiled an amazing handbook which is the reference for all things about coaching. The authors of chapters are the leading scholars and reflective coaches in the world and their students. This is better than the Internet for learning about and answering questions about coaching. Whether you are a practitioner, eager to learn about coaching or an academic curious about its effects, you will refer to it often.

Richard E. Boyatzis

Distinguished University Professor, Departments of Psychology, Cognitive Science and Organizational Behavior, Case Western Reserve University, USA


This text, written by recognised experts in the field, is usefully critical and academically informed. Each chapter provides a comprehensive overview of the topic covered and treats the various tensions and differences in each sub-field, in an even handed way. This text probably works best for students studying coaching at Masters level and gives the reader a good grounding in the various facets of coaching theory and practice

Paul Stokes

Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University


This Handbook is an illuminating and accessible reference to a sophisticated apprehension of the fast growing discipline of coaching. Engaging their audience into the current and emerging debates of coaching, authors not only brilliantly establish the systemic and multidisciplinary nature of the field, but also expand our horizons to under-discussed, but vital, approaches and dimensions of coaching. This compelling invitation to constructively and critically embrace the complexities, specificities and potentialities of this profession definitely advances our knowledge, perspectives and practice in a groundbreaking way.

Pauline Fatien Diochon

Assistant Professor, Pontificia Universifad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia

Tatiana Bachkirova - Oxford Brookes University

Gordon Spence - Sydney Business School

David Drake - Centre for Narrative Coaching and Leadership