Coaching for Women Entrepreneurs

Coaching for Women Entrepreneurs

New Horizons in Management series

Carianne M. Hunt and Sandra L. Fielden

This is the first book to present a comprehensive understanding of the role of coaching in developing women entrepreneurs. It provides a theoretical background and explores the distinctive challenges facing this group before discussing the implementation and outcomes from a coaching programme in an entrepreneurial setting. Finally, the book concludes with strategies for future research and progress.

Chapter 8: Entrepreneurial learning in coaching relationships

Carianne M. Hunt and Sandra L. Fielden

Subjects: business and management, business leadership, entrepreneurship, gender and management, organisational behaviour, social policy and sociology, family and gender policy

Abstract

The majority of coaching models and frameworks assume that all coaching relationships are homogenous, therefore failing to differentiate between factors such as gender. The findings from this research add to the existing literature to show the potential of coaching to facilitate learning outcomes, specifically examining how entrepreneurs develop entrepreneurial self-efficacy and how coachees learn and acquire new knowledge in coaching relationships. This chapter attempts to address some of the intricacies of how coaching is developed in terms of individual relationships and how coaching is experienced by women and, from this, draw a picture of the space in which the coaching relationship is developed. The findings presented in this chapter provide evidence to suggest that coaching relationships can have a positive impact on entrepreneurial self-efficacy, which further implies that coaching interventions can have a positive impact on women entrepreneurs’ perception of their capabilities.

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