Webinar: The Grand Challenge for the Future of Coaching

April 28, 2022 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

A wave of enthusiasm about coaching has fueled rapid growth of the industry, but the future will be determined by the quality of the research we conduct. We need to reinforce beliefs and popular practices with an intellectual foundation – our intellectual integrity. We also need to stretch and improve coaching processes and practices to prepare people for the future. The Thought Leadership Institute of ICF convened three sessions of conversations among 36 of the leading researchers on coaching from around the world. The thoughts and dialogue were synthesized into a Grand Challenge for the Future of Coaching paper which has been published in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences. In this webinar, we will discuss the underlying issues and challenges facing coaching, as well as specific research needs clustered in four themes: desired outcomes of coaching; processes and mechanisms of coaching that work; competencies of effective coaches; and coaching issues within context and for particular populations. We hope to offer these ideas and provoke some active conversation during the webinar, as well as inspire new research and collaborations within the field.

This is a public webinar.

Presenter: Richard Boyatzis


Richard E. Boyatzis is Distinguished University Professor of Case Western Reserve University, Professor in the Departments of Organizational Behavior, Psychology, and Cognitive Science. He has a BS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, a MS and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University. Using his Intentional Change Theory, he studies sustained, desired change at all levels of human endeavor. He began research on helping and coaching in 1967 and coaching executives in 1969. About thirty years ago, he launched a series of longitudinal studies on coaching, followed by three fMRI and two hormonal studies of coaching processes that are effective in helping people be open to change. Using his work from 1970 as one of the founders of the competency movement in HR, he has launched several landmark studies on the competencies of coaches that predict client change. He is the author of more than 200 scholarly articles and 75 practitioner articles on coaching, leadership, competencies, emotional intelligence, neuroscience and management education. His Coursera MOOCs on leadership, emotional intelligence and coaching have over one and a half million visitors and enrolled from 215 countries. His 9 books include: The Competent Manager; the international best-seller, Primal Leadership with Daniel Goleman and Annie McKee; and Resonant Leadership, with Annie McKee, and Helping People Change: Coaching with Compassion or Lifelong Learning and Growth with Melvin Smith and Ellen Van Oosten. He is Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science, the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the American Psychological Association.