The Ashridge Center for Executive Coaching

The Ashridge Center for Executive Coaching is an internationally recognized innovator and provider of standards for the profession of coaching.

The ACC Centre of Excellence aim has been to build bridges between science and practice, and to promote rigorous, academically sound, and ethical foundations for the executive coaching field. Research from the ACC informs our MSc in Executive Coaching, PG Dip in Organizational Supervision, and our own executive coaching practice.

The ACC is also recognized for driving the growing interest in relational coaching as a particularly powerful and effective approach for helping conversations, which is integrative, broadly humanistic and courageous from moment to moment.

Coaching standards

Examples of standards that have been proposed are the Ashridge Code of Conduct for Coaches, the Ashridge Code of Conduct for Supervisors, and the Coaching Behaviours Questionnaire, a popular online psychometric tool. The ACC has also played a key role on the EU’s Leonardo Project, a European System of Comparability and Validation of Supervisory Competencies.

Coaching Research

Academic research from the ACC typically runs to a minimum of 10 publications every year since 2005, including the largest-scale study of effectiveness in the field (published in the Consulting Psychology Journal in 2016) and two Randomized Controlled Studies in realistic settings. The ACC has also produced a number of practitioner books, including the influential and bestselling books - Coaching with Colleagues (2004), Relational Coaching (2007), Supervision in Action (2011), Behind Closed Doors (2016), and many others.

Our research focus is on consulting and coaching, asa it takes place in real settings with real clients. It encompasses outcome research studies (i.e. quantitive research into the effectiveness of generalized interventions), as well as qualitative and narrative research.

Latest News from the ACC

  • New book Critical Moments in Executive Coaching (written by Erik de Haan, published by Routledge), coming out in May 2019.

  • New intake on the experimental Team Coaching for Consultants open programme: November 2019.

  • Alumni Events 2019: 4 March, 20 June, 19 November (at Ashridge House).

  • Seventh Relational Coaching International Conference, planned for June 2020.

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